I’ve described recently how much I liked Welsh nicknames, and gave a few examples. Since then I have found a website –
where historian Ralph Thomas from Blackwood describes how many of these nicknames came about. Welsh contributors have added their own examples to the site, making it a valuable record and hilarious reading. I will publish them here a little at a time, to stretch your enjoyment for as long as possible, and will always credit the contributor where known.
Ralph Thomas described a small mining village which had six men by the name of Dai Williams. Three of them were named thus:
(1) Dai Black Rabbit after a racehorse he used to place regular bets on;
(2) Dai Good Cheese after his favourite lunch;
(3) Dai Tut Tut because of his stutter.