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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Bubba Day: Famous and not-so-famous Bubbas

When it comes to holidays, there are traditional holidays, not-so-traditional holidays and downright wacky holidays. This particular holiday isn’t dedicated to a worthy cause, historical event or delicious food or beverage, June 2 is dedicated to certain fellers across America with a special name. It’s National Bubba Day, y’all!

While some credit comedian, author and recording artist, T. Bubba Bechtol, with coming up with Bubba Day, others believe two Bubba’s from Missouri (pronounced ‘Ma-zur-a’) created the day back in the 1860s. While the origins of the annual holiday may be a bit unclear, one thing is clear, June 2nd celebrates Bubbas everywhere.

According to Merriam-Webster, Bubba is often used in a disparaging way or used as a stereotype for white males from the south. When you think of the name Bubba, does a redneck or good old boy come to mind? Some folks use Bubba as an endearing nickname for a special friend or sibling.

There have been many famous Bubbas over the years and believe it or not, not all of them lived down south or had red necks!

Check out these Famous and Not-So-Famous Bubbas...

  • United States President Bill Clinton is sometimes referred to as “Bubba.”

  • Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House - This famous restaurant is named after Paula Deen’s brother.

  • Professional golfer Bubba Watson recently won the Masters.

  • Tune in to the Rick and Bubba Show

  • Bubba Sparxxx the Rapper.

  • Bubba Hernandez the Latin/Rock/Pop artist.

  • Bubba Smith – Former NFL player and actor who died in 2011.

  • Baseball player James "Bubba" Starling.

  • Baseball pitcher Bubba Church.

  • Motorcross racer Bubba Stewart.

  • Forrest Gump had a special friend named Bubba Blue.

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - The real-life restaurant inspired by the blockbuster movie Forrest Gump.

  • Bubba Higgins, son of Eunice and Ed Higgins of Mama's Family.

  • Actress Minnie Driver and singer Pink both have pooches named Bubba.

Speaking of dogs, Bubba ranked #63 on the 100 Most Popular Dog Names list.


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