Cornish Nicknames

Did you know there were nicknames given to Cornish towns and villages in Victorian times? ey were not always attering but existed nonethe- less. e nicknames came about for all sorts of reasons and were related to locations and history. Some were formed to re ect occupations (hence a coastal town known for shing had nicknames featuring sh). With a little research, we believe some of the names in Penwith were as follows. Have you heard of these before?

  • Hayle – Bulldogs
  • Marazion – Crows
  • Mousehole – Cut throats or Madagascar Birds
  • Newlyn – Buccas
  • Penzance – Scads (horse mackerel) or Pirates
  • St Buryan – Hogs
  • St Ives – Hake Whippers
  • St Just – Red Tailed Drones, Bugs or Fuggans
  • Zennor – Goats

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