The Wombles’ names

What are the Wombles called?

The new-look Wombles in the Bloomsbury books

The new-look Wombles in the Bloomsbury books published in 2010 (click to enlarge)

The seven best-known Wombles appear throughout most of the books and TV programmes:

  • Great Uncle Bulgaria (old and wise – his full name is Bulgaria Coburg Womble)
  • Tobermory (handyman)
  • Madame Cholet (chef)
  • Orinoco (lazy and greedy)
  • Wellington (clever and shy)
  • Tomsk (sporty and strong)
  • Bungo (bossy and excitable)
The 1990s TV Wombles

The 1990s TV Wombles: Orinoco, Tomsk; Shansi, Uncle Bulgaria; Stepney, Tobermory, Madame Cholet; Alderney, Wellington, Bungo

However, there are many more Wombles in the Wimbledon burrow, and there are Womble burrows all over the world. In chapter 7 of The Wombles, Great Uncle Bulgaria mentions, “Family? Me? Oh yes, about two hundred and thirty of them.”

The 1990s television series focussed on ten to twelve Wombles – the core seven above, plus another five regular characters and visitors:

  • Alderney
  • Shansi
  • Stepney
  • Cairngorm the MacWomble the Terrible
  • Obidos

Other Wombles mentioned in the books and TV episodes include:

  • Miss Adelaide
  • Nanny Alexandria
  • Bermondsey
  • Cousin Botany
  • Culvain
  • Chieftain Fashven
  • Hoboken
  • Great-great-great Uncle Hohenzollern
  • Livingstone
  • Moosonee
  • Omsk
  • Quetta
  • Thessaly
  • Cousin Yellowstone (full name Yellowstone Boston Womble)

There are also Water-Wombles in Loch Ness (including Nessie, Ross and Cromarty), and “Jeti or some such” – larger, snow-white Wombles up in the Himalayas in Tibet.

The Wombles of Wimbledon all choose their own names out of Great Uncle Bulgaria’s atlas. Some of them spend a long time looking for a name that suits them, while others just close their eyes and point, and hope for the best!

To find out more about the Wombles’ characters and personalities, see the who’s who page, and visit the ‘meet the Wombles’ section on the official Wombles books website.

Which Wombles are in the band?

The Wombles on Top Of The Pops

The Wombles on Top Of The Pops: Orinoco, Wellington, Tomsk, Bungo

The official line-up is:

  • Vocals / sax: Orinoco
  • Lead guitar: Wellington
  • Bass guitar: Madame Cholet
  • Violin: Great Uncle Bulgaria
  • Drums: Bungo

Other Wombles sometimes join the band for live appearances.

Who are Wandle and Haydon?

Wandle the Womble and Haydon the Womble are mascots of Wimbledon football clubs – see the football mascots page for more details.

Who are Waverley and Guildford?

Waverley Womble and Guildford Womble

Waverley and Guildford

Waverley Womble and Guildford Womble are the recycling mascots of Waverley Borough Council and Guildford Borough Council in Surrey.

Waverley was specially created by Elisabeth Beresford in 2002 for the council’s waste awareness campaign, to encourage residents to reduce, re-use and recycle. He’s a sporty Womble with a blue hat, and was described by the author as “an eager fellow who makes the occasional mistake but always puts them right”.

Guildford was created in 2003 and joined forces with neighbouring Waverley, appearing at school assemblies and in town centres.

In 2003, Waverley Borough Council had the highest recycling rate among Surrey’s 11 boroughs.

Who is Barrington Womble?

Barry Wom was the drummer in The Rutles – a parody of The Beatles. His full name was Barrington Womble, but the others persuaded him to change his name to Barry Wom to save time. He was played in the 1978 film by John Halsey.

  • ann

    Our school topic is focussing on the wombles and recycling. Any handy tips or interesting info?

  • Kath Orinoco Womble

    Do you have any contact details where I can purchase merchandise of Haydon and Wandle, Waverley and Guildford Womble. I have tried AFC Wimbledon and can only get a badge of Haydon.
    I am also seeking the bedspread, Mum wishes she hadnt given it away now.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Kath

    • TidyBag

      Hi Kath – your best bet is eBay or other second-hand sites. You could set up a saved search so that you’ll get an email alert if anything comes up for sale matching those words. The mascots are quite hard to find though; the bedding should be easier to get hold of. Good luck!