At times it may be used as a term of endearment (or in an insulting sense) for a person, especially a man, who is overweight or has a large body frame. In popular culture and prison slang, it is often joked that new male prisoners will be locked up with a large guy called Bubba who will become forcibly sexually intimate with them.
The word exists in other languages and carries similar meanings. Bubba is common in Australia as a noun or pronoun to refer affectionately to a baby.
People and characters named or nicknamed "Bubba"
Former President of the United States Bill Clinton.
Bubba Bechtol, Comedian, www.tbubba.com Grand Ole Opry performer (Terryl Bechtol)
Seattle Mariners outfielder Bubba Crosby.
Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, rockabilly singer/dancer, Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
Bubba Franks, National Football League player for The New York Jets.
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 Pond, multiple time winner of the "Tough Guy of the Week" award.
Bubba Shobert, former motorcycle racer
Bubba Smith, actor and former National Football League player.
Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, Radio talk show host.
Bubba Trammell, former Major League Baseball player.
Bubba Wells, former National Basketball Association player.
Bubba, aka Bandit Bub, a photographer and initiator of the Million Dollar Kids.
Bubba Watson, PGA Tour golfer.
Bubba Phillips former Major League Baseball Player
Bubba the Grouper (d. 2006), a Queensland grouper who resided at the Shedd Aquarium, noted for being the first known fish to undergo chemotherapy.
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, in the situation comedyMama's Family
Bubba Bexley, a recurring character in the situation comedy 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 the TV seriesIn the Heat of the Night.
Bubba J, a puppet of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham
Bubba the Chimp, a character on Quigley's Village
Bubba Bo Bob Brain, Brain's fictitious country music star persona from a Pinky and the Brain segment on the U.S. cartoon series Animaniacs
Leatherface, or Bubba Sawyer, from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Bubba Ray Dudley, an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Bubba Kelly, a character in Carson McCullers' novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
a character in A Drink Before the War
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 Rampage: Total Destruction
One of the protagonists of Redneck Rampage
Monster in Super Mario 64
A character in the game Jagged Alliance 2
Bubba Shot the Jukebox, a single by country singer Mark Chesnutt.
If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too), a single by country group Shenandoah.
Bubba Hyde, a Top 20 hit Diamond Rio.