Belfast

Ich bin ein, er, Belfaster?

08 Dec 2016

What do you call people from Belfast? No, it's not the start of a bad joke, we really do want to know.

Across the UK and Ireland, the good citizens of various cities have suitable monikers, but not us. There are Dubliners, Glaswegians, Londoners, Mancunians, Brummies (Birmingham) and Geordies (Newcastle). Liverpool folk even have two, Liverpudlians and Scousers.

According to some websites, we're called Belfastians, but frankly, no-one has ever used that word in public and we've never seen it on anything official. And let's face it, it's just not snappy to call people from Belfast, 'people from Belfast' all the time.

We asked our esteemed 2009-10 Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr. Naomi Long and, officially, there is no such word for the people of Belfast that the City Council knows of or uses. "We sometimes have difficulty putting our identity in a nutshell," she told Belfast in Your Pocket. "So it would be useful to have a word that unites people from Belfast. If you can capture that in a word or phrase, that would be great."

The great, the good and the very funny of Belfast were also collared for their suggestions.

Comments

Connect via social media
Leave a comment using your email This e-mail address is not valid
Please enter your name*

Please share your location

Enter your message*
08.07.2017
Ailan ( Alan ) Epps
1000 islands, St Lawrence River, Canada
I really like BELFASTER... it has the connotation of being fast or faster.
26.10.2016
Doreen Martin
Tasmania, Australia
When I was growing up in Belfast decades ago, we called ourselves Belshafters. Don't know how we got the name, but it sounded right.
15.05.2016
Rob Dowling

Just as people from Liverpool are called Scousers, and people from Newcastle are called Geordies, and people from Glasgow are called Weggies - people from Belfast are called Frankies. End of.
03.06.2013
Ciara
Norn Iron,
i think we should be "belfasters" :)
13.02.2013
Harry Loughran
England,
When I was a wee boy, we always referred to a "Belfastman" It doesn't exactly trip off the tongue but it was in common use. Did it die out because there was no feminine version?
17.12.2012
Ivan
Northern Ireland,
Simples. Everyone outside of Belfast in NI refers to those from Belfast as McCooeys. This name is taken from the the story of a Belfast family written by Joseph Tomelty. They will always be known as McCooeys' to me
07.09.2012
Audrey Weir
N. Ireland,
We are called Belfordians, originating from the Ford where Belfast was founded.
07.09.2012
Audrey Weir
N. ireland,
Everyone is wrong. We are not Belfastians, or Belfastards, we are called BELFORDIANS, originating from the Ford where the city was founded.
30.04.2012
Shaneybo
Ireland,
I think I will go for "Frankies" as its the city of many Francis's D
08.07.2010
tess jackson
n. ireland
we lived just outside belfast and we always called them townies
22.04.2010
Madeline
Canada,
Belfasters. Not too hard to pronounce, sounds reasonable...why not?
17.03.2010
Chris
,
Its belfastards, and you all know it is.
12.11.2009
stuart barnes
south australia,
belfitebelitebelfastite
09.11.2009
Nick Heath
Northern Ireland,
Ermm how about Loughers? In ref obviously to the Belfast Lough. It doesn't have any sides to it and it will provide plenty of confusion for visitors about pronunciation. (luffers? loggers? etc etc)
19.10.2009
Linde L
Ireland,
I would suggest it absolutely ought to be Belfast Yins; could be spelled Belfastians if you want, but pronounce it Belfast Yins (like Billy Connolly calling himself "The Big Yin")
19.10.2009
roy mcintosh
Scotland,
Howkers- -relates to your days of coming over to Scotland at the harvest time to pick 'tatties'- -Tattie Howkers!!??
01.10.2009
mandy mailey
singapore,
maybe I spent too long in Switzerland...I thought we were Belfastish?
27.09.2009
N.Busteed
belfast
if liverpudlians or scousers have 2 then we should also, harlendars(howlers) and wolffers.
27.09.2009
nikola
east belfast
belites or belfites taking in the 1st part of belfast n ites meaning the tribe that inhabit belfast, i like sodafasters aswell its jus not that guessable, but i have been calling people from belfast, belfastians for some time on networking sites, though belfasters wasn't 1 i had considered. but if we can pick anything i also like harlanders or wolffers its quirky? don't yas think??
26.09.2009
Ken Vance
Co. Down,
I think we should go with "Belfastonians" or "Befasters".
25.09.2009
William Everett
Scotland
Laganers, after the river in which the city grew up.
24.09.2009
Louis
USA/ Texas,
I like Belfastie, or the shorter version Fastie, something that is easy to say.
20.09.2009
Brenda

Belfastian sounds the best of all that lot. Or what about Belfasturian? Or Fastie - like it too.
10.09.2009
Robert
Co. Antrim,
What do you guys think of being a 'Bastion'? It's positive, has the 'B' from Bel and 'ast' from fast, and the 'ion' suggests origins.
10.09.2009
JCMcAndrew
,
Given that NI is BT Land, after the postcode, how about BToner for a belfast person i.e. as someone from BT1. A person from Portadown would be a BTsixtytwoer.
09.09.2009
Robert G. Houston
,
'Bastions', possibly? It is positive, incorporates the 'B' from Bel and the 'ast' from fast, plus the 'ions' bit suggests origins.
09.09.2009
Albert Cooke
Northern Ireland,
My suggestions would be one of the following "The Shipbuilders", or The Ropeworkers", or"The City Slickers", or "The Liners".
09.09.2009
marian lyons
n ireland,
I think we should be called Laganlullabites, meaning plenty of songs and food on the banks of the Lagan! Or what about the Smilie Giants, the people of Belfast being warm and welcoming taking in the cranes at Harland & Wolfe. Or what about the Lagan Craicers
09.09.2009
seamus mccormick
n.ireland,
i think belfast people should be called Bellees,cant think of a reason for it other than it just sounds right
09.09.2009
Alan
N.Ireland,
Well we already are unique as is our whole wee Norn Iron!. The city already has names for 2 regions of occupants albeit usually slang word for the outdoor pyjama wearing residents!, Easties and Westies. Could then say Northerners and Southerners although not quite sure people are quite ready to be labeled the last 2 ha!
09.09.2009
John
norn iron,
I think we can base the name on the stone- throwing abilities of the peeps of Belfast- lets say...."stoneys" or even better: "Chuckers"- which would open the way for other rhyme and slang- like Muckers (use your imagination)....
08.09.2009
Patric
N.Ireland,
What about the name 'Belfastites', for the tribe who inhabit our fine city? maybe Desmond Dekker could write a song about us?
08.09.2009
Mark
,
what about something that's named after food we eat, like the way Scousers are named after food? We could be sodas? After soda bread. Or tatties? After potato bread. Or Dunchers after the cap. :-)
08.09.2009
Sarah Crawford
Ireland,
Belfastian sounds proper but I like Belfasties better. Tom Hartley's suggestion is too hard to spell!
08.09.2009
Brian Mitchell
Northern Ireland,
I think people from Belfast should be called Samsons, after the shipyard cranes!
08.09.2009
Gary

I think Belfastians - definitely heard that used before.
08.09.2009
Joanne

If people in Liverpool are called Scousers after food, we should be Champs. Or Sodas.
08.09.2009
Ray Allen
United Kingdom,
When abroad, upon mentioning that I come from Belfast, I've been told "ah, you're one of the warriers", as well as "ah, you're one of the nutters", so it seems we already have some monikers in use! How about Fastie? Short and sharp, and sounds like a local delicacy.
06.09.2009
Pete
Norn Iron
On my travels I have frequently heard myself refered to as a 'Belfastard'. Well, I think I that's what they said.
Top
City Essentials

Download our new City Essentials app

download 4.5