Collecting KZN Farmers’ Zulu Nicknames

Throughout the history of the last five generations of farmers in Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Midlands, the Zulu and Xhosa farm labourers gave nicknames to the white farmers that employed them. This would quite possibly have been due to their inability to pronounce the sometimes complicated English names. These names that were given to the farmers would more often than not be as result of some behavioural or physical trait that the person portrays/exhibits.

These wonderful descriptive Zulu nicknames are now being lost in time and it is essential that we record and preserve them for posterity. What better way than in a coffee table book that will surely evoke many memories and laughs. It is for this reason that we are asking you to take part in this effort to gather all this valuable information. All you need to do is register your email address and complete a quick survey to share your story.

Contribute a Nickname

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For more info, please contact Jeremy Cockburn.

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