Do you need a list of nicknames for gangsters and gang members? Then, you would find this article useful.
Growing up, Grandma used to say to me and my cousin, “once the other gang members give you a nickname, there is no getting out. This was her funny way of warning us about the dangers of joining a gang but she was on to something.
Once you have risen to a level where the other gang members have a nickname for you, there’s no getting out because, for most gangs, death is the only ticket out of the gang.
In this article, we share a list of badass nicknames for gangsters.
These hood nicknames have been compiled from information available on the popular gangs around the world. So, they are not fictional names, people actually answer these names.
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Definition of Gangster
There are a few kinds of gangsters. The dictionary definition is a catch-all description for all of them, though.
“Gangster: – a member of a gang of violent criminals. Synonyms – hoodlum, gang member, racketeer, robber, ruffian, thug, tough, villain, lawbreaker, criminal.”
Of course, if you think about it, there are as many different kinds of gangsters as there are stars in the sky, and when I say they are not nice people it’s the understatement of the millennium!
Did you know that there are 1.4 million gangsters in the US, 33,000 gangs and these gangs commit 48% of violent crime?
It’s not a funny subject, but just so we don’t all start crying about it – can you IMAGINE how many nicknames there are for gangsters???
Different Types of Gangsters
Now, let’s take a look at the biggest gangs around the world and the nicknames for gang members associated with these groups.
First of all, the oldest and baddest, The Mafia, or La Cosa Nostra, (Our Thing) made glamorous by ‘The Godfather’ and movies of that ilk, and colorful criminals like Al Capone, Bugsy Segal, Sam Giancana and Jimmy Hoffa (whose body has never been found!)
- Joe Banana
- Johnny Sausage
- Pistol Pete
- Pat the Cat
- The Owl
- Sam Sings in the Night
- Chicken man
- Benny Squint
- The Reluctant Prine
- 14th St Steve
- Baldy Dom
- Larry Fab
(The Mafia are BIG on nicknames!) And I nearly forgot the granddaddy of them all – Al ‘Scarface’ Capone!
The Russian Mafia – I guess when we talk about these guys we’d really have to call them ‘comrade’ – if we had a death wish!
These little darlings are into human trafficking and the heroin trade from Afghanistan and I would not like to bump into any of them on a dark night! Especially not ‘The Merchant of Death!’
Solntsevskaya Bratva Nicknames:
- That Guy
- Quiet Godfather
- Lord Lenin
- Alik the Greek
- Lasha Rustavsky
- Roshan Lankaransky
- Grandpa Hussan
- Shagro Junior
- Taivanchik (the Taiwanese) Merchant of Death. (I don’t think they’re as good as the American Mafia, though!)
Far East Gangs
Then there are the Triads, a Chinese organized crime group. Its name means ‘Heaven, Earth, and Man. The other organized crime group in the Far East is the Japanese Yakuza, and their practices are very similar.
I couldn’t find any Chinese gangster nicknames, but I found the gangsters! They are all from various Triad factions.
- Qiao Si
- Yu Zuomin
- Lai Changxing
- Zhang Ziqiang
- Wan Kuok-koi
- Charles Heung
- Henry Fok
- Liu Yong
- Hsu Hai-ching
- Zhou Guanglong
These men were all tried for serious crimes like rape, murder, drug-trafficking, racketeering, and robbery. (You don’t want one of these sweethearts as your best buddy!)
African American Gangs
These are gangs principally associated with ethnic groups such as The Black Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, the Crips, the Bloods, and the Black Guerilla Family.
These mainly started in the fertile grounds of the prison system and the ghettos and inner-city slums of major cities. They specialize in drug-related crimes.
African American Gangster Nicknames:
- Mickey the Cobra
- Big Frank Nitti
- Stacks (all Mafia members)
- Ace of Spades
- Da Boss
- The Prophet
- Ice Box
(Excuse me if a couple of these are offensive, but don’t shoot the messenger – I only found them!)
Most of the Latino gangs originate as prison gangs in the U.S., mostly in California.
The Mexican Mafia never set foot in Mexico! MS-13 originated in Los Angeles – They are distinguished by tattoos and the use of excessive violence as a tool for their ends.
The Sinaloa Cartel is one of the biggest drug suppliers and trafficking networks in the world. The biggest of all the Latino gangs are the Latin Kings, the biggest Hispanic group of all.
Hispanic Gangs Guy Nicknames
- Mr Scrappy
- Mr Cisco
- Lil’ Loco
- Baby Gangster
- El Chuey
- Big Al
- Paco Magic
- Red Ryder
Hispanic Gangs Gal Nicknames
- Lil Tramposo
- Shy Girl
- La Shy Girl
- Little Puppet
- Little Clown
- Lil’ Loco
- La Giggles
- Baby One Punch
And last but not least, let’s not forget the Biker Gangs.
They are many and varied, but they all go under the umbrella name of the 1%ers (one percenters) because unlike the 99% of bike clubs who are just people who love riding bikes, these are highly structured gangs of organized criminals.
They are even assigned military ranks! Women in these gangs have no status – they are the ‘Property’ of one of the gang members, and can be passed around from one member to the other – with the owner’s permission of course!
There are also ‘prospects’ who are hopefuls who want to get into the gangs. They have to do all the dirty, demeaning jobs for about a year and then they MIGHT – or might not – be allowed to get into the hallowed ranks.
Names of the gangs are, of course, Hell’s Angels (who hasn’t heard of them?), Pagans, Mongols, Outlaws, Banditos, Sons of Silence, Vagos, Cossacks and other lesser known ones who are just as evil and nasty!.
Biker Nicknames For Guys
- Gears etc
This sounds great if the first name is also added, as in Breaker Bill, Knuckles Ted, Big Bear (in fact, big ANYTHING!) Grim Reaper, and the rest.
Biker Nicknames For Girls
- Bear Trap
- Bad bitch
- Black Widow
- Red Stiletto
- Kitty and any other kind of cat!
White Supremacist Gangs
These are made up of all sorts of people in the white community, from ‘trailer trash’ to PhDs, who all believe in the superiority of white people over all other ethnic groups. The most famous of these is the Ku Klux Klan. There are also the Nazi Party and the Skinheads.
White supremacists seem to confine their activities to the assault, rape, and murder of other races. (Sadly, their number is growing!) Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any nicknames for these people but I’m sure you can think of a few!
There are many smaller gangs, like ones from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea and other parts of East Africa. Carribean gangs come from the West Indies, Cuba, and Haiti, and there are even all-female gangs! Yes, really! I couldn’t find any nicknames for these so maybe you can do it for me.
These gangs all have one thing in common. They do bad things. Very bad things, for example:
Lending of money at exorbitant interest rates, political killings, bombing, con tricks, illegal gambling, bombings, copyright violation, prostitution, extortion, blackmailing, kidnapping, drug smuggling, arms trafficking, human trafficking – well, the list is endless! Geez, these are Bad Guys in BIG letters! If there is a crime they haven’t committed it’s because no-one has invented it yet!
Gangstas are wannabee GANGSTERS who think they are real criminals. They indulge in petty theft, graffiti daubing and hurling sexist insults at women. They are despised by the REALLY mean guys!
My Gangsta Names:
If I was a gang member my name would be Tigress because a Tiger is the biggest, fiercest cat there is, and the most beautiful! You can use Gangster and Rapper Generators on social media. On one of them, my gangster name is Crispy Momma, and my rap name is Smoke Boo!
Gangsta rap is hip-hop music that is inspired by the violence of inner-city slums in the 1980s. Ice T was one of its early practitioners. By 1983 his single “Cold Winter Madness” had already fallen foul of the censor by being banned from the radio because of its provocative lyrics. By the late 80s, it was a rising art form and was scaring the music industry with the speed of its meteoric rise. Its lyrics were aggressive and provocative and was soon losing its popularity because it was too violent, but musicians in the genre argued that it reflected life as they perceived it. This was an ugly, grubby existence, one of; drive-by shootings, gang violence, drug abuse and violence against women. Gangsta rap was losing its voice. It became commercial and is now less violent but more successful.
Popular Gangsta Rappers:
- The Geto Boys
- Snoop Dogg
- Westside Connection
- Kool G Rap
- 50 Cent
- Ice Cube
- MC Eiht
General Tough Guy Names
- Pit Bull
- Teflon Don
- Trigger Mike
- 4 Stroke
- 11 Inch
- Iron heart
General Tough Gal Names
- Hot Lips
- Ghost Soft Hammer
- Silver Dollar
- Black Beauty
In Conclusion, if you are searching for gangster nicknames for yourself or for a guy or girl, I have tried to find every single nickname from every single source I can find, but I seem to have acquired only a very small number of African American ones!
Maybe you clever people out there can help me out with other great nicknames for gangsters I’m missing out!