Saturday, December 5 – 1903
Why the inhabitants of Liverpool should be called “Dicky Sams is not very clear, says “T.A.F.” Some say that the sobriquet originated from their familiar style of addressing one another as Bill, Tom, Jack, Dick, and Sam, which to southern ears sounded somewhat uncouth.
Another explanation is that “Dicky Sams” is derived from a certain unpronounceable Greek word, which means “divided into two parts or set at variance,” and bears relation to the fierce political and religious feuds which have at different times agitated the city.
A Cornishman is “Cousin Jack” to the natives of the adjacent counties; the Glaswegians are “Keelies”; the Lancashire men are “Tim Bobbins,” a nickname which explains itself; while the Lincolnshire folk have long been called “Yellow Bellies,” after the frogs which once abounded there.
Yorkshiremen, again, are everywhere “Tykes”. A nickname the etymology of which is not easy to trace; nor is it less difficult to say why the inhabitants of Suffolk should be designated “Dumplings,” those of Kent “Hogs,” or the Isle of Wight people “Calves.”
(Manchester Courier, 05-12-1903)