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100+ Nicknames to Call Your Sweetheart

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

When you're in love with someone, it's fun to call them something you find enjoyable, like a cutesy panda or an endearing pebble. You can also take the safe route and go with something classic: honey, sweetie, sugar.

When you're in love with someone, it's fun to call them something you find enjoyable, like a cutesy panda or an endearing pebble. You can also take the safe route and go with something classic: honey, sweetie, sugar.

100+ Nicknames for Sweethearts

Half the fun of relationships is flirting. A little bit of creativity in the way you talk to each other can go a long way. You don't have to use the same old nicknames. You can pepper up your conversations with some fresh superlatives.

Sometimes you need a new word to call your sweetheart because all other words are just not landing right. The following list is divided up into sections. You'll find nicknames that are cute, sweet, original, weird, and hilarious.

I hope you find the right nickname for your partner. Every couple is different, so what some people like, others might find cloying or annoying.

If ever in doubt about how to use one of these words or phrases, just throw "my" at the beginning. It almost always works.

Terms of EndearmentFirst Documented

Honey

14th Century

Baby

1839

Sugar

1930

Food-related nicknames are some of the most popular ones. You can't really go wrong with calling your significant other a dessert. If they have a favorite dessert, or you do, that is prime territory for a nickname.

There are a string of superlatives that fit this category: sweetie, honey, chocolatey, sugary, minty, and tangy. Anything candy-related is fair game. (Lemon drops, peppermints, and licorice, oh my.)

Be careful not to rapid-fire out these foodie terms. It might sound more like an obscure grocery list than flirting.

Sweets

  • Sugar
  • Nutter Butter
  • Sweetheart
  • Sweet Tart
  • Cupcake
  • Buttercup
  • Babycake
  • Studmuffin
  • Cookie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Pudding

Fruits

  • Sugar Plum
  • Pumpkin
  • Peaches
  • Apple of My Eye
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Pineapple

Pies

  • Sweetie Pie
  • Sweetie Honey Pie
  • Sugarpie
  • Cutie Pie
  • Pie Pie
  • Vanilla Pie
  • Cinnamon Pie
  • Candy Pie
  • Cookie Pie

Everything Honey

  • Honeybun
  • Honey Bunches
  • Honey
  • Hon
  • Honey Butter Biscuit
  • Honey Muffin
  • Honey Pebble
  • Honey Cakes
  • Honey Oats

Veggies

  • My Little Cabbage
  • Sugar Snap Pea
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato Tang
  • Sweet Corn
  • Baby Corn
  • Stinky Beans

Savory

  • Dumpling
  • Toasted Ravioli
  • Noodle

Technically, A Compliment

Lovely compliments can also make for lovely nicknames. In this category, you can often throw in a "my" or "hey" to get the ball rolling. Throw the word "one" at the end of an adjective if it doesn't roll off the tongue.

Example Sentences:

(1) "My beautiful one is the sunshine of my day."

(2) "Hey, Gorgeous! Do you have any dinner thoughts?"

  • The lovely one
  • Love
  • Beautiful
  • Beau
  • Beauty
  • Precious
  • Gorgeous
  • Handsome
  • Pretty
  • Adorable
Stare deeply into their eyes and hold their hands. Take a leap of faith and say something romantic. Or just say "My love" and stare at them... as though you mean to say something, but just can't.

Stare deeply into their eyes and hold their hands. Take a leap of faith and say something romantic. Or just say "My love" and stare at them... as though you mean to say something, but just can't.

Dear Darling,

This section all sounds like someone is trying to write a fancy letter from Victorian times. In fact, it might suit you best to posh up these phrases. Many of them sound like they would come out of Matt Berry's mouth, an actor known for his work on IT Crowd and What We Do in the Shadows.

Example sentences:

(1) "My dearest darling, would you please go fetch me the newspaper so I can take care of this wayward spider?"

(2) "Dear Woman of My Dreams, it's been many moons since I last saw you. I'm afraid I can't handle our parting much longer."

(3) "My companion, the finest red roses and blue violets can't compare with your ruby lips and sapphire eyes."

  • My Dear
  • My Dearest
  • My Dear One
  • My Dearest of Dearests
  • Deary
  • My Doe a Deer
  • My Darling
  • My One and Only
  • My Companion
  • My Sweetie
  • My Beloved
  • My Lover
  • Love of My Life
  • Light of My Life
  • My Heart's Desire
  • My True Love
  • My Idol
  • My Life
  • Woman of My Dreams
  • My Enchantment

Sensual/Hot/Electric

My selection of sensual/hot/electric nicknames may come off a bit sleazy or over-the-top. These are very flirty nicknames, so you might want to abandon them during a budding romance. They could come off creepy in the wrong situation. Please don't yell these at strangers, unless you want someone to throw their drink on you.

Example sentences:

(1) "Sexy pants, come here in the kitchen. I need help opening this jar."

(2) "Loverboy, let's be bad and try the crème brulée."

  • Sexy Thing
  • 6-Pack Abs
  • Big Booty
  • My Desire
  • Babe
  • Good-looking
  • Stud
  • Casanova
  • Loverboy
  • Hunk
  • Twin Flame
  • Inamorato
  • Paramour
  • Lothario
  • My Passion
  • Heartthrob
  • Hot Stuff
  • Hottie
  • Sexy Pants
  • Infatuation
  • Mistress
  • Mistress of All Desire

Cheesy

Some nicknames are so cloying that they can make you groan. Some couples are into this! Personally, I think many of these sound like a grandmother talking to a child or cat. Heck, I would get a kick out of someone calling me "Rum Tum Tum."

Example sentences:

(1) "Snookums, give me a big squeeze!"

(2) "Hey you cutie patootie. Want to get some ice cream in my new wheels?"

  • Lovey-dovey
  • Shug
  • Cutie patootie
  • Snookums
  • Toots
  • Tootsie
  • Poubelle
  • Angel face
  • Dollface
  • Smoochy
  • Poochy
  • Snuggie
  • Rum Tum Tum

Titles

Introducing your lover as if they're going to promenade down a grand staircase and head into some fancy ball. Stand up straight. Raise your arms up in a ridiculous dance stance. Bow low. Now call out your loved one's name!

Prince McDreamy has arrived! He stormed into the courtyard with six white stallions and a parade of trumpets. Prince McDreamy has a head of golden curls, lips of a love god, and the arms of a champion.

Be careful using more title-like nicknames. They can sound sarcastic. It might sound like your partner is up on their high horse, if you catch my drift.

  • Hero
  • Princess
  • Elvin Princess
  • Duchess
  • Queen
  • Queenie
  • Ladylove
  • Dreamgirl
  • Saint
  • Prince
  • Prince Charming
  • Knight in Shining Armor
  • McDreamy
  • Captain
  • Sugar Daddy
  • Loveling
  • Valentine
Play it safe or go whacky when it comes to nicknames. If your partner really loves you, they're probably not going to be that bothered either way. If it doesn't work, they'll let you know. Hey, sometimes you just need to say something for a laugh.

Play it safe or go whacky when it comes to nicknames. If your partner really loves you, they're probably not going to be that bothered either way. If it doesn't work, they'll let you know. Hey, sometimes you just need to say something for a laugh.

Supernatural

You don't always have to use a nickname that makes sense. Sometimes the best ones are a little off-kilter. I wouldn't ordinarily call my husband a "werewolf", but if the right occasion arose, it might be fun to go on about his lycanthrope qualities.

Take for example this sentence: "Hey there, my good-looking werewolf. Are you a big, bad werewolf on the prowl looking for a big, bad kiss, or are you at an old woman's house in a disguise waiting to sneak up on me?" (I assume I'll get a blank stare if I ask this.)

I find flirting is best when it's unscripted and somewhat wild. A little bit of creativity can get a spark going. Of course, my style isn't for everyone. ;)

  • Angel
  • Demon
  • Half-demon
  • Cherub
  • Goddess
  • Aphrodite
  • Venus
  • Cupid
  • Sorceress
  • Titan
  • Dragon
  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Vampire
  • Werewolf
  • Banshee
  • Magic
  • Starcrossed Lover
  • Incubus

Nature

I don't know why, but I really like calling someone I'm in love with my "Mt. Everest." It sounds challenging, bigger than life, and mystical. I'm not sure if it does anything for the person, but I think it's a charming name. Do you want to be my Mt. Everest? Do you want to build a snowman with me?

Happily exclaiming, "My Tropical Island!" is another fun way to go. Who doesn't want to be referred to as a tropical island? Sounds great!

  • Sunshine
  • Ocean Eyes
  • Mt. Everest
  • Lady of the Lake
  • Snow
  • Tropical Island
  • Peninsula
  • Rock

Animals & Critters

You can throw the words "love", "cuddle", and "honey" on just about any animal name and get a cute nickname. "Love dragon", "cuddle unicorn", and "honey lamb" all sound refreshingly new and get the job done. Creating terms of affection is as simple as that.

Just be careful you don't throw out animal names that are associated with unwanted qualities like sloth, cockroach, leech, vulture, and piranha.

  • Lovebug
  • Bugs
  • Lamb
  • Pet
  • Dove
  • Honey Bunny
  • Lovebird
  • Teddy Bear
  • Cuddle Bear
  • Cuddle Panda
  • Cuddle Giraffe
  • Cat Bunny
  • Bumblebee
  • Kissy Cat
  • Songbird

Random Objects

I would stay away from "trophy" or "trophy wife", but pearl and jewel can be appropriate. You might be confused as to why "red stapler" made the list. I'm not sure anyone loved anything more than a certain Office Space character and his stapler. If you're dating a movie fan, they might get the reference and jive with it.

Precious metals and minerals make for great nicknames. Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

  • Dreamboat
  • Belle
  • Doll
  • Jewel
  • Pearl
  • Treasure
  • Gem
  • The Object of My Affection
  • Button
  • Pebble
  • Prize
  • Flower
  • Red Stapler
  • Yoga Ball
  • Lightsaber
  • Choo Choo Train

Mathematical Concepts

Yes, math can be sexy. You've probably never thought of it that way, but there are plenty of nicknames and affectionate terms that we throw out that have to do with math. When it comes to math and flirting, opt for addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division. Avoid words like negative, inverse, and lesser than.

  • Other Half
  • Number One
  • My Everything
  • One and Only
  • Squeeze
  • Steady
  • 100
  • Infinity and Beyond
  • Plus One

Noises That Ghosts Make

I live in an era when people find the things ghosts say cute and worthy of a term of endearment.

  • Boo
  • Woo

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