Wednesday fun: where does your nick come from?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Admin, Original Content on 12 Mar 2014 at 11:16
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While we’re waiting for news, let’s spend some time on this delightful hump day getting to know each other a little better.

This idea was sparked by one of our poster, “West Indies Cricket Board” getting his third star (well done sir!). It suddenly occurred to me that there’s probably a really good story behind why he’s chosen to call himself that, but I just don’t know what it is. I’m even more sure that there are a hundred similar such stories out there.

So tell me, Sharkswold posters, what made you choose the nick you use on this site?


  • You sure you want to know this one? 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.14 11:20:48 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Pretoris Shark. Wasn’t my most creative moment, but easy to remember.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.14 11:21:54 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Was in Lezard mens res at Tshwane University of Technology . Tradition for everybody to get a nickname . you knew everybody by there nicks , and only your close friends real names .

    Might be the round body and the fin legs , but that is unconfirmed speculation 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.14 11:22:24 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Hi guys mine come from my cricket nick name that I got when I started playing when I fielded I was like a shark when he smelt blood

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.14 11:22:27 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • My initials and the animal that I most resemble – due to my size as well as my temperament – mostly chilled but capable of destruction when intent

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.14 11:24:00 by CDRhino Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 1) : Wasn’t there a Leon Schuster song with that name?

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.14 11:24:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My wife can answer this one

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.14 11:27:59 by TheLegend Reply
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  • I wish I had a better reason, but its just Brian Lara is the man, and my love for Wonderful Incredible Castle Beer

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.03.14 11:31:13 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • It came from a friend of mine, who was particularly “thrifty” with his finances. On one instance, he asked me to call him but after I said that I was short of free minutes, he gave me the name Miser which appended to my real name, became Jerem-iser.
    No prizes for figuring what my real name is. Personally, I would have preferred Jeremazing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.03.14 11:32:35 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • @Jeremazing (Comment 9) : Funny
    @TheLegend (Comment 7) : 😆

    Mine…lo(o)ser was in reference to Straueli, the second “o” was in reference to my Afrikaans heritage and predisposition to misspelling “loser”. My wish has however finally been granted, koebaai stroolsie, good luck lions. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.03.14 11:41:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Mine is just my name, my favorite number (12), double my favorite number, and half my favorite number.

    Perhaps more interesting is my fantasy league team name, Apollo, which I named after the Greek sun god. I can’t remember why, though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.03.14 11:42:22 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 11) : that is truly random 🙂 Well done!

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.03.14 11:44:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @TheLegend (Comment 7) :

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.03.14 11:48:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Just surname 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.03.14 11:51:24 by Seaton Reply

  • A Lion in Gordon’s Bay, on False Bay, at the sea – original avatar was a sealion

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.03.14 11:53:05 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 15) : interesting…. now see, I’d always assumed you were from the Eastern Cape. Not sure why.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.03.14 11:56:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Common mistake caused by the “Bay”, one tend to forget there are a lot of towns and villages with bay in the name

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.03.14 12:01:43 by Baylion Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : Yes there is one, its named after Ulrich Schmidt aka Uli Schmidt, the then bulls Hooker.
    Having the same name Ulrich, I got the nick name Uli from a young age from my cousins, at high school playing for Richards Bay high in the dark blue rugby jerseys (similar to the old Blue Bull jerseys) and being on the wrong side of the law a few times, I got the Nick Uli Boelie.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.03.14 12:08:51 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • I believe (hope) that mine is obvious. 😈 But I get the question from time to time if I have a garden service, as in.. Frans-hark.. 😳

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.03.14 12:10:20 by Franshark Reply
  • Mine is self explanatory I am simply Sharks mad, I have an entire wardrobe of Sharks gear, I have the Sharks logo tatooed on my Left shoulder (I am left handed) and Dudette is because when I first joined Sharksworld everyone referred to me as Dude, so now everyone knows 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.03.14 12:17:02 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • WP Jou Lekka Ding was already taken when Keo was the only platform to about rukby. 🙁

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.03.14 12:17:52 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Rob did you get by BBM?

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.03.14 12:18:11 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 22) : ja, I did. Still thinking 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.03.14 12:20:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • My adventurous spirit……………..and I’m short 😐

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.03.14 12:23:17 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 24) : with hairy feet? #nodontgothere

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.03.14 12:24:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.03.14 12:25:06 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : and a constant need to eat. Elevenses is a must

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.03.14 12:25:17 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 27) : oh don’t I know it. Currently attempting to diet again 🙁

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.03.14 12:32:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 19) : 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.03.14 12:32:48 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • A friend’s brother (our lift back then) decided to call me koringkriek, I was the lucky one, my friend got gatvlieg. Him and his friends kept up with those names, which we ourselves adopted, and very soon modified, he became Fly, I became Kriek. Kriek was most often already taken on most online platforms though (and those that accepted it, I was often mistaken for a she Kriek), so I became Die Kriek.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.03.14 12:34:49 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 20) : Thats funny dude

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.03.14 12:35:30 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Simple….my initials which is also one of my favourite bands

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.03.14 12:35:57 by REM Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 30) : what colours is your kriek wearing?

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.03.14 12:36:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • Every entity that has a name starting with the word ‘van’ is awesome. Martin is my name and van is the start of my surname. It felt right.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.03.14 12:36:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @REM (Comment 32) : lucky coincidence 🙂

    I miss them, I really do.

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.03.14 12:37:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • playing days at NMMU, surname is Mc Leod = Mackie

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.03.14 12:39:20 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : No idea actually, was wearing that when I found him

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.03.14 12:40:40 by Die Kriek Reply

  • initials: Marius joubert
    nahh not really but it is my initials

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.03.14 12:41:15 by MJ Reply

  • @MJ (Comment 38) : That’s not a avatar of Marius Joubert?! 😯 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.03.14 12:52:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • One of my most favourite TV shows: Sons of Anarchy, Men of Mayhem. I am also known as JarsonX. J is my first initial, arson and X is just an x :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.03.14 12:58:28 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • It’s my initials and easy to remember.

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.03.14 13:02:16 by JD Reply
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  • @Son Of Mayhem (Comment 40) :

    i was wondering what happened to him (you)

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.03.14 13:05:10 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @MJ (Comment 38) : Marius Jonker…even the refs need to get their Sharks fix 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.03.14 13:14:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Apparently I laugh like the cartoon dog Mutley and since school I have been called that

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.03.14 13:17:31 by Mutley Reply
  • i chose poisy short for poison. the story goes in 2003 i was in my last year at primary school(grade 7)and i was on the very big and round side of things but also tall. i played lock and prop but one day at practice the coach bought a buuny chow and put it at the end of the field and got the whole team together and said “first one to make it to the end of the field gets the bunny chow” they didnt give me much of a chance because of my size but heck i was hungry and i ran and beat even the wingers and thus my coach said “you are quick like poison” and everyone started calling me poison and the girls called me poisy. needless to say the next game i played outside centre and we were unbeaten in our league 😎

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.03.14 13:21:49 by Poisy Reply
  • Stephen Smith is my name, Steve was taken, so StevieS it became. Chris, my twin, followed suit with ChrisS.

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.03.14 13:21:54 by StevieS Reply
  • Nickname given by my zulu colleagues. English version – Steve!

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.03.14 13:32:03 by stevovo Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 45) : Nice! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.03.14 13:37:08 by StevieS Reply
  • My nice Durban accent is a little bit lost having lived in quite a few different places over the last few years. A shark is a fish so lost fish. Not a great story like some on here.

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.03.14 13:42:49 by lostfish Reply
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  • I may have been slightly inebriated when I picked mine. Perhaps a change is in order, as it does discredit my maturity to some extent, perhaps even more so than my poor grammar and incoherent rants! 😆

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.03.14 13:43:40 by Talent Reply
  • @stevovo (Comment 47) : love it 🙂

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.03.14 14:05:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • When we moved to Germany I quickly realised that I’m anything but European. I have a constant feeling of being out of place, like a fish out of water. Since we live next to the Rhine river and the Sharks is my team, I thought the ridiculous notion of a shark swimming in the Rhine river is fitting, hence Rhineshark.

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.03.14 14:15:35 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Literally the most uninteresting thing possible, my name + 101 :/

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.03.14 14:22:54 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I live on the south coast and I am a Shark supporter. 🙂 Usually my nick has something to do with Bozie, the name I got from my buddies for just passing out anywhere. 😐 However, I haven’t passed out under some random person’s caravan in many years so I figured it is time for a change. 😀

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.03.14 14:58:24 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Well my name starts with a D and im from Alexanderbay, (Very far from Dbn or any big city) my late grandpa used to call me “seun” so I just gave it an English version Boy adding the D from my name = DBOY

  • Comment 55, posted at 12.03.14 15:16:52 by DBOY Reply

  • Dancing Bear, my online name and persona since …… well since online’s been around! If you recognize the avatar, you will understand the source.

  • Comment 56, posted at 12.03.14 16:19:45 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • I was an emotional teenager. Avril Lavigne was edgy teenage girl. It literally came from the fact that I had a hard time of letting things go (do I still do that ? :mrgreen: )) – I made a big issue of EVERYTHING! and then Avril’s CD Letgo came out and it just kinda stuck with me.

    I also sometimes use Letgo9. 9 is my favorite number and Joost vd Westuizen was always my favorite player. I know, ironic, considering how much I do not like Bulls, but I was a young girl when he started playing and he was cute and then he was just an excellent player.

  • Comment 57, posted at 12.03.14 16:50:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 57) : Apparently Joost was quite good with Cat and strippers as well….

  • Comment 58, posted at 12.03.14 17:15:34 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Pretty obvious? I had to edit this. 😆 😐

  • Comment 59, posted at 12.03.14 17:38:52 by Quintin Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 58) : 😈 😆

  • Comment 60, posted at 12.03.14 17:45:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Well mine is just boring… 😆

  • Comment 61, posted at 12.03.14 20:49:20 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • First name is Greg. Kaos, which is very similar to my surname, is a nickname my mates gave from very young. Kinda apt as I seem to attract it where ever I go. 🙂

  • Comment 62, posted at 12.03.14 21:12:13 by gregkaos Reply
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  • A culling song is an African chant which, when said aloud to someone, results in that person dying painlessly from indeterminate causes. It is used by nomadic tribes to humanely eliminate those members of the tribe too old, frail or sickly to handle the rigours of travel.

    I earned the name due to my regrettable tendency to kill those individuals that cannot keep up.

  • Comment 63, posted at 12.03.14 21:31:19 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 63) : You sure it wasn’t your singing? 😉

  • Comment 64, posted at 12.03.14 22:01:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Used to by MysticBoer after the Valiant Swart song and somewhere along the way changed it to MysticShark.

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.03.14 23:26:01 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 64) : That is entirely possible…. 😆

  • Comment 66, posted at 13.03.14 05:30:16 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Mine is from my favourite, non couch related, activity – flyfishing.

    Salmonoid – Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the suborder Salmonoidea. Basically of the Salmon family.

  • Comment 67, posted at 13.03.14 09:10:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • My nick is my 2 fav sport teams mixed – Shark obviously for the SAAAAAARKS :mrgreen: and the RedUtd part is from my love for Man Utd 😉

  • Comment 68, posted at 13.03.14 09:30:59 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • When I lived in Botswana I was Botshark. In 2003 moved to Gordons Bay and took up the handle Bayshark. Keeping that even though work and live between Gauteng and Zambia.

  • Comment 69, posted at 13.03.14 09:49:36 by Bayshark Reply

  • My previous nick (many moons ago on various sites) was Bloembull, for living in Bloem and being a Bulls supporter. Then I moved to Centurion and became Blue Centurion. For the past year I’ve accepted a job in the Northern Cape, but really can’t change to Blue Cape, so I thought, I’d stick to the Centurion.

  • Comment 70, posted at 13.03.14 10:21:44 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @MysticShark (Comment 65) : another fan of Valiant…. Mine from his song CyberSakkie.
    ” Sakkie speel pinball, Sakkie speek pool…
    Sakkie dra leathers, Sakkie dra n das, Sakkie drink n Blackie, Sakkie drink Tas…”
    Damn that actually sounds pretty corny now…

  • Comment 71, posted at 13.03.14 10:35:58 by CyberSakkie Reply

  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 68) : Oh and the 82 is my year of birth

  • Comment 72, posted at 13.03.14 11:45:15 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • Ice…short version of my name Iza (pronounced Eye-Za). No one calls me anything but Ice and if they do, it normally means I am in big shit.
    Used to be IceBabe, Bitch of the Blog and some others, but Ice seems simple enough for such a cool chick like me! 😆

  • Comment 73, posted at 14.03.14 08:40:16 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 73) : You’ve been scarce….hoe gaan dit Eye-Za?

  • Comment 74, posted at 14.03.14 08:54:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 73) : Interesting how a three letter word can be a short version of another three letter word.

  • Comment 75, posted at 14.03.14 09:01:29 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 74) : LOL!! yeah, my life is upside down at the moment..

    @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 75) : True!

  • Comment 76, posted at 14.03.14 10:32:03 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 73) : Was hoping it was a Vanilla Ice reference. 🙁

  • Comment 77, posted at 14.03.14 10:35:44 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 77) : The IceBabe part was off course!!

  • Comment 78, posted at 14.03.14 10:43:42 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : I have kinda cut out elevenes, am training a lot (doing the sani2c) and am 4kg down from Jan. so almost back to fighting weight. but lager is my downfall. 😛

  • Comment 79, posted at 14.03.14 14:05:27 by The Hobbit Reply
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