How to Find the Best Uncle Nicknames (For Any Name!)


Every uncle needs a cool nickname that both the kids and parents can enjoy through the years. There are tons of options to choose from depending on the name and your style so I thought that it would be a good idea to look through some of the best names to call your uncle.

There are many options for uncle nicknames and most include a variation of the word uncle, a shortening of the first name, or a funny version of their name. There are also cute and interesting nicknames for uncles in other languages from around the world that might have importance to your family.

All uncles are a little different so there won’t be any one-size-fits-all nickname that we can choose that will be perfect for everyone. To help, let’s explore a big list of some classic, cute, funny, and even crazy nicknames as well as some from other countries and some tricks that you can use with any name!

Classic uncle names

If you want to keep things a little more traditional or just aren’t sure what else that you might like to choose, then you can’t really go wrong with a more classic uncle name. These are basically variations of the word ‘uncle’ and there has been no shortage of family members using these over the years.

  • Unk
  • Unks
  • Unkie
  • Unky
  • Unko
  • Uncie
  • Uncle X (with the first letter of their first name)
  • Bud
  • Buddy

Interesting uncle names from history

Over the years, English has changed and morphed into the modern version that we know today. If you were using Old English in the past, there were different versions of the title ‘uncle’ depending on your specific relationship and bloodlines. While they might not be used much today, they are pretty interesting!

  • Fœdra – Your father’s brother
  • Eam – Your mother’s brother

Uncle nicknames from other languages

Your family history and background might include some awesome options from your country of origin. Around the world, families call their uncles all kinds of different things and these names are often passed down through the older family. Even if you don’t have a current connection, using one of these other names for your uncle could help reestablish a link to the past.

Plus, there is no rule that you can’t use these names even if you aren’t from the country!

  • Oom (Dutch)
  • Oncle (French)
  • Onkel (German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish)
  • Zio (Italian
  • Tío (Portuguese or Spanish)
  • θείος (Greek)
  • Dyadyushka (Russian)
  • Strýc (Czech)
  • Ewythr (Welsh)
  • Uncail (Irish)
  • Ojisan (Japanese)
  • Apo (Kurdish)
  • Unchi (Romanian)

Cute, funny, or crazy uncle names

If you want to get a little more fun or cutesy with your names then you should check out this section. You can get creative and do your own thing when finding a cute uncle nickname because you are really just looking for a kiddy version of their name or using funny words as a term of endearment. The best part about using a name like this is that your nieces and nephews can usually say it a bit easier and they can start talking to you ASAP!

Be careful finding a crazy uncle nickname, however, because sometimes it’s the name you least suspect that will stick forever!

Here are a few cute or funny standalone nicknames that you can use just by adding a word to the beginning. We’ll use the name ‘William’ for example.

  • Weird Uncle Will
  • Favorite Uncle Will
  • Loud Uncle Will
  • Mean Uncle Will
  • Funny Uncle Will

You can also just make up a name completely that sums up what your uncle is all about:

  • Uncle Grumpy
  • Uncle Snores
  • Uncle Speedy
  • Uncle Sleepy
  • Uncle Drinky (awkward!)
  • Uncle Jailtime (more awkward!)

If you want, you could also turn pretty much any name into a cute uncle’s nickname by shortening their name or repeating part of it. For example, if we are using the name ‘Raymond’ then we could get:

  • Uncle Ray
  • Uncle Ray Ray
  • Uncle Mondy

Since you are already the cool uncle looking for a fun name – why not check out some gift ideas for your favorite nephew or niece!

Here are some more examples of specific names!

Uncle nicknames for Michael

  • M
  • Mitch
  • Michi
  • Mick
  • Mike
  • Mikey
  • Mickey
  • Micah

Uncle nicknames for Matthew

  • M
  • Matt
  • Matts
  • Matty
  • Matz
  • Mateo
  • Mateus
  • Mattchu

Uncle nicknames for Christopher

  • C
  • Chris
  • Christer
  • Christo
  • Christos
  • Topher
  • Chrizzy
  • Crispy
  • Criss cross

Uncle nicknames for Jacob

  • Jay
  • JJ
  • Jake
  • Jakey
  • Jack
  • Jack Jack
  • Jackie
  • Jacko
  • Cob
  • Coby
  • Cobby
  • Jacoby

Uncle nicknames for Joshua

  • J
  • J-man
  • Joshy
  • Joshue
  • Joss
  • Shua
  • Osh

Uncle nicknames for Nicholas

  • N
  • Nick
  • Nix
  • Nicky
  • Nico
  • Nicko
  • Nickel
  • Nickels
  • Cole

Uncle nicknames for Tyler

  • T
  • Ty
  • Tay
  • Tay Tay
  • Tiggy
  • Tyger
  • T-Rex

Uncle nicknames for Brandon

  • B
  • Bran
  • Bran man
  • Bran Bran
  • Brant
  • Brando
  • Don
  • Donny
  • Andy

Uncle nicknames for Daniel

  • D
  • Dan
  • Dan Dan
  • Dan-O
  • Danny
  • Yell
  • Dandy
  • Dane
  • Nano
  • Danster
  • Dan the man

Uncle nicknames for Austin

  • A
  • Auss
  • Aussie
  • Auzzy
  • Tin
  • Tin Tin
  • Tenny

Uncle nicknames for Andrew

  • A
  • Andy
  • Andre
  • Drew
  • Drewster
  • AJ
  • Andyrew

Uncle nicknames for Joseph

  • J
  • Jay Jay
  • Joe
  • Jody
  • Joe Joe
  • Joey
  • Broseph
  • Seph
  • Sephy
  • Jose
  • Josie

Uncle nicknames for John

  • J
  • Jay Jay
  • Jack
  • Jacko
  • Jacky
  • Jock
  • Jocko
  • Johnny
  • John John
  • Jimbo
  • Onny

Uncle nicknames for Zachary

  • Z
  • Zee Zee
  • Zach
  • Zachy
  • Zeke
  • Ary
  • Zachini
  • Harry
  • Zedd

Uncle nicknames for Ryan

  • R
  • Rye
  • Rye man
  • Rye Rye
  • Rizza
  • Rizzy
  • Ryder
  • Ry-Fi
  • Ru Ru
  • Yanny

Uncle nicknames for David

  • D
  • Dee Dee
  • Day Day
  • Dave
  • Davey
  • Avey
  • Dave-O

Uncle nicknames for James

  • J
  • Jay Jay
  • Jim
  • Jimmy
  • Ames
  • Jimbo
  • Jamesy

Uncle nicknames for Justin

  • J
  • Jay Jay
  • Ju Ju
  • Jus
  • Just
  • Justy
  • Justice
  • Justino
  • Tin
  • Tin Tin
  • Jubby

Uncle nicknames for Anthony

  • A
  • Ant
  • Ants
  • Anty
  • Tony
  • Nino
  • Tito

Uncle nicknames for William

  • W
  • Dub
  • Will
  • Willy
  • Willis
  • Wilson
  • Bill
  • Billy
  • Liam
  • Will-I-Am

Uncle nicknames for Alexander

  • A
  • Al
  • Ale
  • Alec
  • Alex
  • Alexi
  • Zander
  • Zandy
  • Sander
  • Lex
  • Lexy
  • Zan
  • Andy

Last Thoughts

I hope you have enjoyed these fun uncle nicknames as much as I enjoyed putting them together! Even if you haven’t found the perfect name, I bet you at least found a little inspiration for something of your own. Obviously, finding another name for your uncle is really only limited by your creativity so you can really go any direction that you want. In most cases, uncle nicknames end up being whatever a niece or nephew calls you randomly one day that ends up sticking. Maybe it’s a varation of your name or maybe it’s something totally off the wall.

Whatever the result, enjoy your cute or funny new name and enjoy being an uncle!

By the way, I have also written a great resource for aunt nicknames that you can check out here. What’s a cool uncle nickname without a good one for your wife?

Josh

I'm the dad in charge of Natural Baby life. With 10 years of parenting experience across three children, I am constantly learning how to raise children more naturally. I'm passionate about doing whatever it takes to raise a happy and healthy baby! Find out more about me here.

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