While on the family holiday, we visited the seaside town of Sheringham in Norfolk, and while there we popped into the town museum. The main industry has traditionally been fishing, and although there are still fishermen sailing out of Sheringham, it is no longer the major player it once was. The museum, recalls the days of the past when nearly every family went out in boats; as a small town there were many people with the same surnames involved and a custom of giving people interesting and sometimes quite extraordinary nicknames arose.

Nicknames, can be given to shorten a long first name, or because of a particular feature a person has, or to distinguish a father and son with the same name. Sheringham seemed to specialise in this and there are some splendid nicknames recorded.

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Don’t you just love Buttons-and-Bows Bishop, and Lobster Farrow and Butterballs Grice?

 

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