Dad and baby

Does your dad have a nickname?

With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, a charity has revealed the UK’s top nicknames for our dads…Dad and baby

A new poll this week found that the UK’s favourite nicknames for dads include ‘Old Man’, ‘Pop’ and the ‘Old Fella’. The top ten league-table was compiled by the charity initiative, Adopt a Word, which asked 1000 Brits to share their affectionate nicknames for their fathers.

Less popular nicknames for dads, but still making the top ten list, include ‘My Rock, ‘Daddy Bear’ and ‘Diamond Geezer’. Failing to make the grade with less than 1% of the vote was ’Dozy’.

“What a wonderful and diverse list of affectionate nicknames people in the UK have for their fathers,” comments Patricia Adiele from Adopt a Word, run by children’s communication charity, I CAN. “With Father’s Day just around the corner, we think this is a fantastic celebration of fathers everywhere!”

For a truly personal gift this Father’s Day, at the click of a button, kids of all ages can adopt their dad’s favourite word or nickname for just £15. Tell your ‘Hero’ how much he means to you or how much you love your ‘Legend’. And if your father’s special name isn’t in the dictionary, you can create this and adopt your own word on the website as well.

The best thing about this gift is that all the money raised goes to I CAN, the children’s communication charity. 1.2 million children in the UK suffer with speech, language and communication needs. I CAN work to ensure these children get the help and support they need so they can live happy and successful lives.

Adopt a Word are also running a competition to win a Ferrari-test drive for your father! All words adopted for Father’s Day from 7th June-16th June will be automatically entered into a leader board where anyone can vote for their favourite word. The word with the most votes will win a Ferrari test-drive – an adrenalin-pumping present for any father.

Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN Chief Executive, said, “Being able to tell our parents how much they mean to us is so important at this time of year. However, there are over one million children in the UK who struggle to express what they think and how they feel on a daily basis. Thank you to all those kids, young and old, who Adopt a Word this Father’s Day.”

As well as receiving an adoption pack in the post (or via email), you can make your gift even more unique by getting your father’s nickname printed on mugs, t-shirts, fridge magnets and keyrings – let your dad share their word with the world with pride!

By adopting a word, you will join other high-profile supporters who love words and want to help children communicate. These include Stephen Fry, Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, Miranda Hart, Sara Cox and many more.*

For more information on Adopt a Word and the competition, go to

What do you call your dad? Publishable answers only please below…!

Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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