History’s 25 Most Embarrassing Royal Nicknames

Published December 13, 2017
Updated December 15, 2017

From John The Babymaker to Charles The Bald, the nicknames given to these leaders spoke volumes about their traits, as well as how much they were loved or hated.

Royal Title Bald Charles
Constantine Dung
Harald Lousy
Eirik Priest Hater
History’s 25 Most Embarrassing Royal Nicknames
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Do you have a nickname you wish would just go away? It's probably not as bad as you think, at least compared to these royal doozies. Whether or not they deserved the epithets given, that's up to history to confirm or deny. One thing's for sure: medieval guys perfected the art of the nickname and they sure had a weird sense of humor and irony.

The royal titles and nicknames assigned to these leaders spoke volumes about their defining traits, not to mention how much their subjects respected - or despised them. Most of them are also pretty hilarious.

While you're here, check out the origins of the nickname Smart Aleck and find out what the heck the medieval dancing plague was.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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