"Bubba" is a relationship nickname formed from "brother", given to boys to indicate their role in the family, especially the oldest male sibling. For some boys and men, "bubba" is used so pervasively it replaces the given name. The nickname may also be used outside the family by friends as a term of affection.

Because of its association with the southern part of the United States, "bubba" is often used outside the South as a pejorative meaning low economic status and limited education. The term "bubba" may also be taken to mean one who is a "good ol' boy."In the US Army and Marines, "bubba" can mean a lay soldier, similar to "grunt" but with connotations of endearment instead of derision. For example "Can you make that device easier to work, 'cus every "bubba" is gonna have to use it."

At times it may be used as a term of endearment (or in an insulting sense) for a person who is rather fat or has a large body frame, especially for men.

"Bubba" has also developed into a proper noun, used as a term of endearment, to describe someone who is especially lovable, adorable, etc. Also used to identify someone's significant other (i.e "She's my Bubba".Fact|date=May 2007) It is said to have evolved from the word 'baby', but its origin is unknown. Used predominantly in the Chicago area, specifically in the Edgewater/Andersonville neighborhoods.

In popular culture it is often joked that new male prisoners will be locked up with a large guy called "Bubba" who will become sexually intimate with them. [cite web|url=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/31/link_spamer_interview/page2.html|work=The Register|title=Interview with a link spammer|accessdate=2008-01-21] [cite web|url=http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=391|title=Mr. Spammer, meet Bubba your new cell mate|work=ZDNet Blog: Between the Lines|accessdate=2008-01-21]

People and characters named or nicknamed "Bubba"


*Former President of the United States Bill Clinton.
*Seattle Mariners outfielder Bubba Crosby.
*Professional wrestler Mark LoMonaco wrestled under the ring name Bubba Ray Dudley.
*Bubba Paris, former National Football League player.
*Professional Motocross rider James Stewart Jr..
*Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx.
*Bubba Shobert, former motorcycle racer
*Bubba Smith, actor and former National Football League player.
*Radio talk show host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
*Bubba Wells, former National Basketball Association player.
*Bubba, aka Bandit Bub, a photographer and initiator of the Million Dollar Kids.
* Bubba Franks, National Football League player for The New York Jets.
*Bubba Watson, PGA Tour golfer.


*Bubba the Grouper (d. 2006), a Queensland grouper who resided at the Shedd Aquarium, noted for being the first known fish to undergo chemotherapy.
*Bubba is the name of Dylan and Cole Sprouse's dog.

Fictional characters

Television and movies

*Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue in the movie "Forrest Gump"
*Bubba the Caveduck from Disney's 1987 series DuckTales.
*Bubba Ho-tep, a name given to a reanimated Egyptian mummy by Elvis Presley in Joe R. Lansdale's novella and film of the same name
*Bubba Zanetti, in the movie Mad Max.
*Bubba Higgins, Mama's Family.
*Bubba Bexley, a recurring character in Sanford and Son
*Bubba Bixby, a character from the TV movie, Shredderman Rules, a film based on the books
*Plumber Bubba a fictional comedian based on Larry The Cable Guy and idolized by Rusty and Early Cuyler on the Adult Swim animated series Squidbillies
*Bubba Skinner, a leading character from In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)


*Bubba Kelly, a character in Carson McCullers' novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
*Alvin " Bubba " Bixby, the bully in Wendelin Van Draanen's Shredderman series.
*Bubba is a character in the Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris and is a "codename" for Elvis who is now a vampire in this series


*One of the protagonists of Amiga computer game "Bubba 'n' Stix"
*Monster from video game ""
*One of the protagonists of "Redneck Rampage"
*Monster in "Super Mario 64"
*A character in the game Jagged Alliance 2


*Bubba, the main protagonist in the novelty single The Shriners Convention by singer Ray Stevens.


*Bubba server: a Linux-based SOHO network server appliance. [cite web
url=http://www.linux.com/articles/61263?tid=7|title=Bubba makes an exciting SOHO server appliance|author=Joe Barr|date=2007-04-11|publisher=Linux.com


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