Romantic Nicknames

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Romantic nicknames aren't just for the "ultra-shmoozy." Couples throughout the centuries have given their sweethearts pet names. Nicknames can be part of the secret language lovers share.

Popular Nicknames

There is no limit to the number of nicknames that are available to couples. Here are a few lists of nicknames to help you get started:

Affectionate

  • Sweetie or sweetie pie
  • Pookie
  • Pumpkin
  • Lamb chop
  • Darling
  • Honey
  • Muffin
  • Precious
  • Baby doll
  • Sugar or sugar lumps
  • Snookums
  • Smootchie or smootchie poo
  • Cutie pie
  • Cuteness
  • Cute stuff

Romantic

  • Lover
  • Tarzan or Jane
  • Lover boy
  • Sexy, sexy beast, sexy baby
  • Hot stuff or hot mama
  • Tiger
  • Captain or captain of love

Playful

  • Monkey man
  • Honey buns
  • Bubble
  • Bunny
  • Squirrel
  • Chicken
  • Chickadee
  • Love nugget
  • Love lumps

Cute

  • Angel eyes
  • Honey bunny
  • Kitty cat
  • Love bug
  • Sunshine
  • Boo boo bear
  • Pookie
  • Tootsie
  • Buttercup
  • Dimples
  • Honey bunch
  • Luvs

Creative

  • Babylicious
  • Little kinky
  • Gummy bear
  • Fruit loop
  • Money muffins
  • Baby doodle
  • Boogie bear
  • Darlington
  • Canoodle
  • Captain underpants
  • Cool breeze

Celebrity

  • Braveheart
  • Care Bear
  • Ironman
  • Little Muppet
  • Pooh Bear
  • Prince
  • Superman
  • Merlin
  • Papa Bear

Historical Nicknames

Even royals aren't immune to a playful, or suggestive, nickname. There are a few nicknames that have survived history to tell a bit more about famous relationships from the past.

The Bonapartes

Napoleon Bonaparte referred to his wife, Josephine as his "little Josephine" all his life. Josephine preferred to be called by the name she held in her youth, "Rose." Josephine refrained from bestowing such a name on her husband. Instead, she referred to him as "Dear husband" or "My dear Bonaparte," if at all.

Cleopatra and Mark Antony

Who knows what they called one another in private, but this ancient couple was never known for their quiet ways. After the loss of her husband, Julius Caesar, the last Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, held a scandalous affair with the chief warrior of Rome, Antony. On coinage and on monuments we can see the couple's love for long titles and their willingness to bestow the names of deities upon one another. She named herself "Isis" which Antony happily called her. Antony received the name "Dionysus" after his favorite god of wine and celebration.

Henry and His Wives

No one fancied himself a lover more than Henry Tudor, or Henry VIII. His most tumultuous relationship was undoubtedly with Lady Anne Boleyn. In his letters to the future queen, he called her "sweetheart" and even "my own darling." For her part, Anne used nicknames like "great king" and "my dear majesty." When wooing a new wife or lover, Henry has a long, recorded history of using nicknames and platitudes as compliments to his intended.

Choosing a Nickname

The pet name you choose for the person you love can last a lifetime or change with age or through the seasons of life. Take your time when picking a romantic nickname for someone you love. When you find one you both like, use it in cards, sweet love notes and private conversations.

Romantic Nicknames