What's In A Spice Girl's Name? (Not What You Think!)

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UPDATE: Oops! We didn't see that Bustle added an asterisk to the bottom of its post. Sneaky, sneaky. Turns out this wasn't true, and we'll be the first to admit that we were fooled. But, wouldn't it have been great if this was true?

Even if you didn't like the '90s British pop group Spice Girls, chances are you found yourself humming one of its catchy tunes like "Wannabe" at some point during its heyday. Aside from the band's poppy jams, it was its borderline Barbie-doll nicknames that had everyone talking. We may have not known who Victoria Beckham was but Posh Spice, on the other hand, well, she was the total sexpot of the bunch.

But, believe it or not, the fabulous five did not come up with their own nicknames. According to Mel B. (a.k.a. Scary Spice), it was teen magazine Top of the Pops that was responsible. "I simply said it would be a good idea if they had some nicknames," said editor Peter Loraine. "The girls liked the idea, so I had an editorial meeting back at the office and about four of us started thinking of names."

Yes, there's a lot that goes into a nickname. "Ginger," for example, was not chosen because of Geri Halliwell's fiery-red tresses. Halliwell always wanted to be a botanist, and her favorite plant was the Zingiber officinale — ginger. While Mel C. was known for being a workout queen, Chisholm was also a Great Gatsby fan long before it was in vogue. She was always calling everyone an "old sport," and well, the rest is history. Click here to see how the remaining three girls were named. (Bustle)