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Cute Nicknames for Your Boyfriend

The other day, I got asked, “Ryan, what’s a cute nickname for your boyfriend?” That’s a great question! I love pet names and nicknames!

A cute pet name is something that shows your boyfriend that you’re into him. In a study by the Journal of Science and Personal Relationships, they outline the various ways that we all feel loved. And actually, the purpose of the study is to demonstrate just how many “models” there could be for how one person feels love compared to the other.

Another way of putting this: it’s not a one-to-one way that you could feel love, and your significant other can feel love. Author Gary Chapman took this concept even further when he decided to come up with “The 5 Love Languages,” which simplifies this model into five different types of ways that someone could feel love.

When we think of pet names, this would indicate someone who experiences love through “words of affirmation.” This is like telling someone that they are pretty, often and with intensity.

My experience with pet names…

I’ve had many women call me particular pet names. Anywhere from “babe” to “king.” And I have to admit; it works well! It lets me know, through a very small word, that the woman is into me. This reciprocal nature of her being “into me” makes me want to show her that I’m also “into her.”

It’s a highly effective way to exchange love. Picking the perfect pet name for your guy is going to take a little time. It should speak to your personality and his. And it shouldn’t be too cliché. In the ideas listed below, I break down a few ideas based on the characteristics of your boyfriend. For example, if he’s tall, of a particular ethnicity, or otherwise.

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Super cute nicknames for your boyfriend

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

Generally cute nicknames to use when you want to show him that you love him. Or that he’s very special to you. Make sure that you use these as a general guide for what your nickname could be. If you find the perfect one, that’s great. Although, don’t let it stop you from thinking more creatively about what other nicknames could be.

  1. Darling
  2. Handsome
  3. King
  4. Babers
  5. Babes
  6. My Man
  7. My King
  8. Prince
  9. Sugar Pie
  10. Sweetheart
  11. Boo
  12. Bae
  13. Pretty Boy
  14. Lover
  15. Love Dove
  16. Lovey Dovey
  17. Prince Charming
  18. Sweets
  19. Sweetie
  20. My Everything
  21. Hot Buns
  22. McDreamy
  23. McSteamy
  24. Thumper
  25. Big Stick
  26. Hottie
  27. Hot Stuff
  28. My Man
  29. Future Hubby
  30. Future Husband
  31. My World
  32. Baby Face
  33. Big Daddy
  34. Daddy (What does it mean when she calls you daddy?!)
  35. Dear
  36. Dearest
  37. Cuddle Bunny
  38. Cuddle Bug
  39. My Love
  40. Bubby
  41. Bubs
  42. Mister Man
  43. Boo Bear
  44. Freckles
  45. Snugs
  46. Snuggy Wuggy
  47. Big Bug
  48. Big Guy
  49. Captain Cutie
  50. My Rock
  51. Stud
  52. Papa Bear
  53. Hot Pants
  54. Stud Pants
  55. Dumpling
  56. Best Guy

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Food-related names that you could call your boyfriend

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

Food-related names are always very cute. For example, “Pumpkin” or “Peanut” are some of the best cute nicknames to use. Although, you may want to be careful with “Peanut” as it could indicate that he’s a “short king” or “short guy.” And maybe this could hurt his feelings rather than build him up.

  1. Sugarplum
  2. Honey
  3. Pumpkin
  4. Peanut
  5. Peachy Boy
  6. Honey Pot
  7. Butter Cup
  8. Laughy Taffy
  9. Spicy Meatball
  10. Honey Bee
  11. Chicken Nuggie
  12. Chicken Nugget
  13. Honey Muffin
  14. Cookie
  15. Sugar
  16. Sugar Pie
  17. Stud Muffin
  18. Pumpkin Pie
  19. Cupcake
  20. Apple of My Eye
  21. Sweets

Extra cute nicknames for your black boyfriend

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

When your boyfriend is a particular ethnicity, this presents a great opportunity to describe them. Let’s be honest, “Brown Sugar” is a great nickname! It’s cute, it’s funny, and it shows them that you really think they’re sweet. When you have this opportunity, capitalize on it!

  1. Brown Sugar
  2. Cocoa Butter
  3. Dark Shadow
  4. Shadow
  5. Coal Fire
  6. Denzel
  7. My Denzel
  8. Tall Dark and Handsome
  9. Brown Cutie
  10. Brown Buns
  11. Dark Buns
  12. Biggest Boy
  13. Biggest Guy
  14. Thick Stick
  15. Thicc Rick
Cute nicknames to call your boyfriend when you want to show him that you love him!
Cute nicknames to call your boyfriend when you want to show him that you love him!

Cute pet names for your boyfriend that are also funny

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

When you want to pick a nickname that’s going to make him laugh (either a temporary nickname or something that sticks long term)—then a funny one is the way to go! It’s best to pick a nickname that isn’t making fun of their character or person. Rather, speaks to cute moments that the two of you share together.

  1. Teddy Bear
  2. Thunder Clap
  3. Big Thumper
  4. Knee Weaker
  5. Super Hottie
  6. Tripod (Referring to his “third leg”)
  7. Pickle
  8. Zaddy
  9. Mi Amor
  10. Angel Eyes
  11. Peachy Poppy
  12. Poppy
  13. Guapo
  14. Big Balls
  15. Testy Testy
  16. Dom Dom
  17. Foxy
  18. Chipmunk
  19. Cutie Pies
  20. Trouble Maker
  21. Doctor Love
  22. Love Bug
  23. Love Doctor
  24. Playboy
  25. Woody
  26. Pecker Man
  27. Dr. Pin Me Down
  28. My Everything
  29. My Irreplaceable
  30. Officer

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Unique and different nicknames for your boyfriend (that are also cute)

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

We’ve all heard “babe” before. What’s different from that? What are some cute pet names that you can use on him that he’s maybe never heard before. The fact that it’s a unique pet name goes a very long way. It shows him that he’s special to you. And that you’ve never “called someone” that name before.

  1. My World
  2. Angel
  3. Lovey
  4. Cute Buns
  5. Stiff Stuff
  6. Apple of My Eye
  7. Teary
  8. Deary
  9. My King
  10. Only One
  11. One for Me
  12. My Everything and Anything
  13. Schmoops
  14. Schmoopy Poops
  15. Booboo
  16. Poopy Butt
  17. Poops
  18. Fluffy Stuff
  19. Bun Bun
  20. PIC (Partner in Crime)

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Country boyfriend cute pet names

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

If you’ve got yourself a lovely redneck hunk. And he’s proud of it. Then you have the opportunity to describe him in a really fun way. It’s okay to be proud of the fact that you’re a southern boy at heart! Try out a few of these fun nicknames on him!

  1. Boot Kicker
  2. Booty Boy
  3. Truck Hunk
  4. Redneck Rick
  5. Redneck Lover
  6. Country Babe
  7. Reddy Babe
  8. Thick Brick
  9. Leather Neck
  10. Hunk a Junk
  11. Hunk in a Truck
  12. Slick Stick
  13. Dirt Kicker
  14. Big Bass
  15. Seabass
  16. Squirrely

Tall boyfriend cute pet names

—Cute nicknames for your boyfriend

Is your boyfriend really tall? This is a great way to be specific about him. Remember, the best nicknames and pet names come from describing him or your relationship together. If you’ve got a tall guy on your hands, then use this to your advantage when you’re coming up with a cute name for him.

  1. Heavenly Man
  2. Slim Jim
  3. Jerky Stick
  4. Slender Bender
  5. Tally McGee
  6. Tall Guy
  7. Long Babe
  8. Big Babe
  9. Higher Power
  10. Up There Guy
  11. 6’1 and Fun
  12. Tally
  13. My Highest
  14. My Fresh Air
  15. My Bend Over

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About the author

Ryan Sanderson (LCSW) Ryan is a game and relationship enthusiast who enjoys all things quizzes, games, fun, love, relationships, and family. He's a licensed social worker and helps families, couples, and children in need. He's spoken about love and relationships on Salon.com, Forbes, and Mirror, to name a few.

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