165 Cute Names To Call Your Boyfriend When You Get To The Nickname Stage

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When you are with someone, it's only natural to start calling them the cutest nicknames you can think of. And it makes your partner feel super-special when you take the time to give them a nickname.

But the million-dollar question is: how do you choose a nickname or cute pet name for the guy you love that he will actually love?

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What names do guys like to be called?

It's true that men often have very specific ideas of acceptable nicknames, but over the course of your relationship, you may just naturally create one that suits you both. If you want to give your guy a special name but aren't certain how it would go, then picking a tried and true pet name could help!

There are a ton of cute names to call your boyfriend, but is there a sure guide to picking the right nickname?

The answer is that while there is no one perfect way to pick a nickname or "pet" name for your beau, there are some guidelines to help you find some sweet nicknames. Ultimately, it's going to come down to the things about your partner that stick out to you the most.

"We create these special names to form a deeper level of intimacy, like a secret language that's all our own," says dating coach Ronnie Ann Ryan.

What can I call my boyfriend besides cute?

If you're looking for something adorable, you may want to stay away from cliché or something overly sentimental. There are plenty of ideas you can choose from. Even something as simple as "babe" or "honey" are good alternatives to "cute."

Whether you've been together for a long time or you're just really getting to know one another, you may want to give that special someone a cute and sweet term of endearment between just the two of you.

Lots of couples have sweet designations for their romantic relationship, and when it comes to the love of your life, it's important to choose a name they'll enjoy that's unique to the two of you as partners. Nicknames are special because they're a sweet, secret form of communication just for your relationship.

"A massive 87 percent of U.S. couples use nicknames as terms of endearment," adds Ryan. "Couples who do, tend to be happier than couples who don’t use them."

Nicknames are clearly quite important to relationships, so it's no wonder you want to make sure you're choosing a good one — especially if it sticks! So, you might ask yourself, "How can I call my lover a name that means something special and makes us both smile?" There's a way to help you decide what would be best.

Here are some quick tips for choosing a cute name for your boyfriend:

1. Avoid using any nicknames used by his previous girlfriends.

2. If you give them a nickname that you take from their real name, then make sure he's OK with it.

3. Don't choose a nickname that comes from any of his negative qualities.

4. It's a cute idea to coordinate nicknames. For example, Romeo and Juliet.

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5. If he speaks another language, it might be cute to pick a nickname from his native language.

Cute Nicknames To Call Your Boyfriend

1. Cutie pie

2. Crush

3. Dearie

4. Cutie

5. Honey

6. Babe

7. Baby

8. Handsome

9. Beau

10. Sweetheart

11. Hon

12. Sugarplum

13. Darling

14. Dear

15. Sweetie

16. Shortie

17. Sugar

18. Ace

19. Precious

Cute Pet Names For Your Boyfriend

20. Honey bun

21. Stud

22. Other half

23. Lovebug

24. Pookie

25. Cuddle bug

26. Cuddle bear

27. Sweet thang

28. Better half

29. Treasure

30. Tiger

31. Hunky

32. Sweet potato

33. Studmuffin

34. Boo bear

35. Hottie

36. Sweet-tart

37. Sugar

38. Jellybean

39. Sugarpie honey bun

40. Cookie monster

41. Pumpkin

42. Apple of my eye

43. Bookworm

44. Carebear

45. Captain

46. Midas

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Sexy Names To Call Your Boyfriend

47. My ride or die

48. Lover

49. Heartstopper

50. Hunk

51. Knight in shining armor

52. Knockout

53. Honey lips

54. Hot pants

55. Ladies’ man

56. Muscle man

57. Hulk

58. Adonis

59. Sexy beast

60. Hotness

61. Hercules

62. Sexy

63. Lover

64. Hunk of man meat

65. Crazy pants

66. Casanova

Sweet Names To Call Your Boyfriend

67. Love

68. My prince

69. Soulmate

70. My sunshine

71. Romeo

72. Gumdrop

73. My heart

74. Adorable

75. Cowboy

76. Fluffy

77. Angel

78. Hugster

79. Hun bun

80. Cupcake

81. Cheeky monkey

82. Doodlebug

83. Westley (From The Princess Bride)

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Funny Names To Call Your Boyfriend

84. Honey bunny

85. Boo thang

86. Love muffin

87. Snookems

88. Dimples

89. Sweet cheeks

90. Salty French fry

91. Pookie bear

92. Cuddle buddy

93. Captain Love Muffin

94. Freckles

95. Goof

96. Goofy

97. Goofball

98. McDreamy

99. Fluffernutter

100. Sugar biscuit

101. Bae

102. Copycat

103. Boo

104. Honey bear

105. Shortcake

106. Giggles

107. Silly goose

108. Cheesecake

109. Blueberry

110. Sugar puff

111. Wisecrack

112. Boss

113. Captain Awesome

114. Brainiac

115. Flash

116. Feisty

117. Wookie

118. McSteamy

119. Yoda

Pet Names Based On Eye Color

120. Bright eyes

121. Brown eyes

122. Ol' blue eyes (a reference to singer Frank Sinatra)

123. Deep blue eyes

124. Blue eyes

125. Angel eyes

126. Brownie

127. Green-eyed cutie

128. Tiger eye (like the gemstone; for guys with hazel eyes)

129. Ocean eyes

130. Mr. Mesmerize

131. Green eyes

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Cute Nicknames From Around The World

Spanish Nicknames

132. Media naranja ("my better half")

133. Mi corazón ("my heart")

134. Mi vida ("my life")

French Nicknames

135. Mon petit chou ("my little cabbage")

136. Mon amour ("my love")

137. Mon saucisson ("my little sausage")

138. Mon cher ("my darling")

139. Mon râleur ("my grumpy one")

140. Ma fraise ("my strawberry")

141. Ma puce ("my flea")

Italian Nicknames

142. Bambino ("baby")

143. Polpetto ("meatball")

144. Biscottino ("my little biscuit")

German Nicknames

145. Maus ("mouse")

146. Mausebär ("mouse bear")

Japanese Nicknames

147. Totemo kawaii ("very cute")

148. Hanii ("honey")

Korean Nicknames

149. Kiyomi ("cutie")

150. Aein ("sweetheart")

Arabic nicknames

151. Ya helo ("my beautiful")

152. Ya amar ("my moon")

Hawaiian Nicknames

153. Ke aloha ("beloved")

154. Ku'uipo ("sweetheart")

Hindi Nickname

155. Mere dil ka pyaar ("love of my heart")

Hungarian Nickname

156. Kicsim ("my little one")

Maori Nicknames

157. E ipo ("darling")

158. Taku kairangi ("my finest greenstone")

Portuguese Nicknames

159. Amigão ("big friend")

160. Amorzinho ("little love")

Russian Nicknames

161. Kotyonok ("kitten")

162. Dusha moya ("my soul")

Turkish Nicknames

163. Nefesim ("my breath")

164. Canim ("my life" or "my soul")

Tagalog Nickname

165. Mahal ("expensive," used to express the value of someone)

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