Let’s talk about nicknames for redheads!
Are you a redhead? Are you one of those special people whose hair ranges from pale strawberry blonde, through fiery red, to light auburn and chestnut?
Well, if you are, you are one of the lucky 2% of people on this entire planet of seven billion people who can claim to be a true ginger, and you are very special!
But why is it ‘red?’ I hear you scream.
In England, before the fruit came along, the color orange hadn’t been invented, so the color we now call orange was at that time, just red.
However, following the importation of oranges, the color orange was adopted, but too late for redheads!
Table of Contents
- Origins of Red Hair
- The Origins of the Term ‘Ginger’
- Interesting Facts about Redheads
- Stereotypes about Redheads
- Myths about Gingers
- List of Nicknames for Redheads
- Festivals for Redheads
- Famous Redheads
Origins of Red Hair
To acquire red hair, both parents have to have a mutated gene called the MCIR gene, which is on Chromosome 16 (don’t worry, they won’t grow three legs!)
Even if neither of them has red hair themselves, there is still a one in four probability of them producing a lovely little redhead.
If one is a redhead, the chances are one in two, and if they both have red hair, it’s a dead cert!
Red hair appears in all races, even in African and Chinese people. It’s extremely rare, but it does happen.
The biggest population of gingers is in Northern Europe, particularly among people of Celtic origin. In Ireland, the population is 10% red-headed, and in Scotland, a whopping 13%!
The Origins of the Term ‘Ginger’
Ginger was first coined in a sporting magazine in 1797 and was first used to describe the color of a fighting cockerel, which was an orange-sandy color, much like a ginger cat.
It also approximates the color of a ginger root, which isn’t quite so orange. The ‘ginger’ appellation first referred to the “hair of a light sand color,” but gradually morphed into the meaning it has today.
Interesting Facts about Redheads
- Do you know that red-headed women have sex more often than their blonde and brunette sisters? Well, they are, after all, in my humble opinion, more beautiful!
- Redheads feel less pain, except in their teeth (an even better reason not to go to the dentist!) but they need more anesthetic than non-gingers for an operation.
- Redheads have far fewer hairs on their heads than the rest of us, but each hair shaft is much, much thicker. It also doesn’t fade to gray, just gradually turns to pink, then to pristine snow white!
- Redheads -BRRRR- feel the cold more, but don’t fare well in the heat either. The minute a ray of sunshine touches that pale, freckled skin, it turns a fetching shade of lobster red and burns to a crisp!
- Redheads, for some reason, are more likely to be left-handed! Look at a group of them and see all the southpaws.
Stereotypes about Redheads
Apparently, redheads have bad tempers! Well, who can blame them? If I were subject to the amount of abuse they have to endure on a daily basis, I might get a bit miffed myself.
There was a move afoot at one stage to put ‘Gingerism’ on the same par as racism and sexism as a hate crime since people have been very badly wounded in anti-ginger attacks.
Also, people have even committed suicide because of bullying. Well, enough of this doom and gloom! Gingers are lustful, so we hear! Well, all I can say to that is if they are so lustful why aren’t there more of them?
Myths about Gingers
According to South Park – that show has a lot to answer for – they have no souls! They were conceived during a woman’s menstruation and are unclean.
Many redheads were thought to be witches and put to death by burning, and apparently, they morph into the Undead when they die and become vampires.
In Corsica, a person has to spit on the road after a redhead has walked past to ward off evil spirits. Some people even think they’re related to Satan!
List of Nicknames for Redheads
Yay! The bit you’ve all been waiting for! There are literally THOUSANDS of nicknames for people with red hair, with more being invented all the time, no doubt, but I have here as many as I can find.
I’ve tried to include many origins too, but unfortunately, some will forever be a mystery.
- Ginger – as explained above, the color of a fighting cock.
- Carrot Top/Head – Self-explanatory!
- Fiery Red Head – hair the color of fire.
- Rusty – the color of rust.
- Highlander – referring to Rob Roy MacGregor, a famous Scottish redheaded warrior. ‘Roy’ is descended from the Gaelic word ‘ruadh’ or red.
- Yeti – The Abominable Snowman. Didn’t know he had red hair!
- Freckles – referring to the matching freckles that accompany red hair.
- Lobster (when in the sun) – the color a lobster becomes when boiled.
- Copper Nob/ Head/Top/ Kettle – the color of copper, which is a red-toned metal.
- Blue, Bluey – Red-haired Australian soldier of WW1 (ironic.)
- Tampon Top – conceived during menstruation (don’t use this unless you want a serious fight!)
- Fire Crotch – red pubic hair.
- Cherry – red; the color of cherries.
- Flame – the color of fire.
- Fire Top – flame-colored
- Candle – Flame-topped.
- Strawberry (blondes) – the lightest of reds, almost blonde.
- Rose Top – red as a rose.
- Robin – red as the robin’s breast (it’s actually orange)
- Red riding hood – a fairytale girl who wears a cape with a red hood.
- Fiery redhead – hair the color of fire.
- Fireballs – red pubic hair.
- Ginger Nut – the name of a ginger cookie popular in Britain which is burnt orange in color.
- Gingersnap – as above.
- Fire Face – Red haired.
- Ginger Ninja – Rhyming slang – redhead.
- Cheeto-head – hair the same color as a carrot or orange.
- Ginger Tige – handsome red-headed
- Firemuff – woman’s red pubic hair.
- Scarlet Fever – redhead obsession
- Corly – redheaded pale-skinned
- Hot Head – fiery temper ascribed to redheads.
- Red Dog – No definition but descriptive.
- Ranga – from orang-utans, a red-haired ape, mostly used in Australia as a derogatory term for a redhead.
- Bonzo – no definition.
- Ang mo – Chinese for ‘red hair.’
- Redzee – no definition, possibly just a variation of ‘red.’
- Redwood – a tree with a red bark.
- Bushfire – Red hair
- Lil Red – Little Red.
Redhead Girls’ Nicknames
The following are nicknames for girls with redheads:
- Ginga – Ginger.
- Scarlet – Bright Red.
- Spitfire – fiery temper as ascribed to most redheads, especially women.
- Match Stick – Like the striking end of a match – red.
- Raggedy Anne – Redheaded rag doll.
- Flame – the color of fire.
- Firecrackers – explosive, referring to a fiery redhead’s temper.
- Fanta – orange-flavored soft drink.
- Garfield – cartoon ginger cat.
- Roxy – Also Roxy Red.
- Roslin – red line.
First Names for Girls with a Red-haired Connection:
Rose, Amber, Ruby, Autumn, Coral, Garnet, Ginger, Poppy, Rowan, Scarlett, Sienna,
Nicknames for Redheaded Guys
The following are nicknames for boys with redheads:
- Agent Orange – poisonous herbicide – only chosen for the name, I think!
- Belisha Beacon – In the UK, an orange light beside a pedestrian crossing warning people of danger.
- Bloodnut – A person with a head (nut) the color of blood.
- Flame Cranium – Flame Head.
- El Gingero – The Ginger One.
- Fred The Red – Rhyming slang – the color red.
- Trusty Rusty – Rhyming slang – the color of rust.
First Names for Boys with a Red-haired Connection:
Rufus, Rusty, Rowan, Rudolph, Ruiraidh (Rory), Phoenix, Robin, Russell, Roy.
Festivals for Redheads
Since 2010, The Irish Redhead Convention has been held every year in Crosshaven, County Cork, to promote all things ginger! Dancing, singing, fitness, visual art, music – even speed dating – no doubt leading to the making of more little gingers!
Redhead Days in Breda, The Netherlands, is held every year in the first week in September. They go all out to welcome international visitors and entrance is free.
The Israeli Redhead Festival takes place at Kibbutz Kezer (Carrot) at the end of August. Sadly, because of the political situation, numbers have to be limited. Pity – it looks like fun!
- Mary Queen of Scots of Scotland.
- King Henry the Eighth of England.
- King Richard 1 of England (The Lionheart)
- Queen Elizabeth 1 of England.
- Prince Harry Windsor of the United Kingdom.
- Winston Churchill – wartime Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- Lord Nelson – Famous British naval commander and national hero, famous for his naval victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars.
- Axl Rose – lead singer of the rock band Guns N’ Roses.
- Boris Becker – German tennis player and winner of Wimbledon.
- Chuck Norris – martial arts champion and actor.
- Mark Twain – The novelist, who wrote ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
- Vincent Van Gogh – Artist famous for his unique style and mental instability.
- Mick Hucknall – Lead singer of the rock band Simply Red.
- Rupert Grint – Ron Weasley from the ‘Harry Potter’ series of movies.
- Calvin Coolidge – US President (#30)
- Andrew Jackson – US President (#7)
- George Washington – US President (#1)
- Dwight Eisenhower – US President (#34)
- Martin Van Buuren –US President (#8)
- Thomas Jefferson –US President (#3)
- Lucille Ball – American comedienne and actress.
- Sophie Turner – Sansa, Lady of Winterfell, Game of Thrones.
- Nicole Kidman – Australian Actress.
- Judy Garland – American singer and actress, famous for ‘The Wizard of Oz.’
Find Your Own!
To name but a few…redheads are everywhere – they walk among us.
I’ve listed quite a few nicknames for people with red hair here. Some funny, descriptive, ironic and downright lewd!
Can you find any more red hair nicknames?