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"Macca?" (What does the nick-name 'Macca' mean?)
5 May 2011
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That name has always vaguely irritated me. Who thought this name up anyways? It was just the music press, wasn't it, and not Paul himself or one of his friends, surely? Does anybody ever actually address Paul in such a manner, or is he only referred to as such in print? Is it meant to be complimentary or disdainful in tone? And how is it pronounced - "MACca" like cracker or "macCA" like the bird?

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5 May 2011
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The British music press coined the phrase, certainly complimentary in nature. He wouldn't be referred to in person as such (since his knighting), and is pronounced Ma-Cca. Although I certainly don't share the irritation, it can be overused.

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5 May 2011
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That name always make me think of the Scottish ( hence, that's the reason I originally thought that Paul is Scottish)

5 May 2011
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His friends called him Macca, too, as is evidenced by the Anthology recording of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," when John asks, "Macca, you ready?" (or something like that). I like the nickname...it's better than Paulie.

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5 May 2011
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Well, I'm stupid. From Wikipedia:

Macca (or "Macker" in Ireland) is a common British nickname for somebody whose surname begins with the Gaelic prefix Mac or Mc (meaning "son of").

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5 May 2011
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I like Macca. Fun little nickname. My question is whether he legally changed his name to Paul or is he still James Paul McCartney?

If I ever met Paul, I would just flail uncontrollably and hyperventilate. I wouldn't even be able to say Paul, Macca, or Sir Awesome.

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5 May 2011
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kedame said:

His friends called him Macca, too, as is evidenced by the Anthology recording of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," when John asks, "Macca, you ready?" (or something like that). I like the nickname...it's better than Paulie.

 

a-hard-days-night-john-6 I love Paulie. It's such a cute nick name.  I don't know if he liked it though

5 May 2011
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I think Macca is the coolest nickname ever. It's easier to insert into things than "Paulie." 
Example: Macca and Cheese instead of Mac and Cheese. (Or Macca-roni, if you like saying "macaroni.") 

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6 May 2011
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PennyLane said:

I like Macca. Fun little nickname. My question is whether he legally changed his name to Paul or is he still James Paul McCartney?

Still Sir James Paul McCartney (GET IT RIGHT!! Jees!).

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6 May 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

PennyLane said:

I like Macca. Fun little nickname. My question is whether he legally changed his name to Paul or is he still James Paul McCartney?

Still Sir James Paul McCartney (GET IT RIGHT!! Jees!).

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6 May 2011
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Von Bontee said:

That name has always vaguely irritated me. Who thought this name up anyways? It was just the music press, wasn't it, and not Paul himself or one of his friends, surely? Does anybody ever actually address Paul in such a manner, or is he only referred to as such in print? Is it meant to be complimentary or disdainful in tone? And how is it pronounced - "MACca" like cracker or "macCA" like the bird?

I heard it might have been some hold-over from the early days when they gave each other nicknames (Macca, Hazza, and apparently, Lennie.) I think it's just something that was done as a form of affection. The one thing I never understood was the "Hazza" one. I've heard British people named Sharon and Barry get nicknamed "Shazzer" or "Shaz" and "Baz," but I just don't know why.

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6 May 2011
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kedame said:

His friends called him Macca, too, as is evidenced by the Anthology recording of "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," when John asks, "Macca, you ready?" (or something like that).

 

Really? Cool, I missed that!

I guess if people actually address him that way, then I guess I've got no good reason to be irritated anymore. (But that's never stopped me before - I always need to be irritated about something! "Grr, people calling him "Macca" in print like they're BFFs!")

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7 May 2011
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StarWisher said:

Von Bontee said:

That name has always vaguely irritated me. Who thought this name up anyways? It was just the music press, wasn't it, and not Paul himself or one of his friends, surely? Does anybody ever actually address Paul in such a manner, or is he only referred to as such in print? Is it meant to be complimentary or disdainful in tone? And how is it pronounced - "MACca" like cracker or "macCA" like the bird?

I heard it might have been some hold-over from the early days when they gave each other nicknames (Macca, Hazza, and apparently, Lennie.) I think it's just something that was done as a form of affection. The one thing I never understood was the "Hazza" one. I've heard British people named Sharon and Barry get nicknamed "Shazzer" or "Shaz" and "Baz," but I just don't know why.

It just is. Harry- "Haz" or "Hazza" (with Harry itself often being short for Harrison or a nickname for Henry). Darren or Daryl- Daz or Dazza. I can't think of any more, but they are there.

Oh, of course- Paul "Gazza" Gascogine, though that's a bit different. Gazza is now a common nickname for people called Gary, and similarly, Wazza for Wayne (Rooney).

Done a bit of Googling and found this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O....._%22-er%22 - seems the Australians stole our best method of coinage and applied it to names. I'd always taken it for granted.

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8 May 2011
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PennyLane said:

I like Macca. Fun little nickname. My question is whether he legally changed his name to Paul or is he still James Paul McCartney?

If I ever met Paul, I would just flail uncontrollably and hyperventilate. I wouldn't even be able to say Paul, Macca, or Sir Awesome.

I'd do that too. a-hard-days-night-paul-6

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12 May 2011
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I've always wondered, on the name. So weird.

Anyway... I am trying to find out why many Paul-fans call him 'Macca'.

Is it a shortening for McCartney? Because I think that's the only explenation for the nick-name.  

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12 May 2011
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The nickname Macca is not limited to just Paul...read on, McLennonson. 

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13 May 2011
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Yeah, it's the Oxford -er. As the link says, it is a fairly common nickname for people (especially sportsmen) with Mc or Mac prefixed to their surname.

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13 May 2011
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Zig said:

The nickname Macca is not limited to just Paul...read on, McLennonson. 

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Wow...

I had no idea!!!

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13 May 2011
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Oh this made me laugh so hard...

Lady Macca may refer to:

  • Heather Mills, Sir Paul McCartney's second wife, (see, for example, Private Eye, 25 May 2006; London Evening Standard, 8 August 2006 - "Lady Macca's battle royal"), who was also referred to as Mucca (Sunday Times, 13 August 2006 - "Macca v Mucca: the hidden agenda"; London Lite, 25 January 2007 - "Lady Mucca meets Princess Michael)
  • Lady Macbeth, the wife of Macbeth in Shakespeare's play[dubious discuss]
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Mucca?!?!

Now THAT's funny.

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