Ladies, what’s your favorite nickname?
Nicknames. Some people cringe at the thought of having pet names in the relationship. Other couples relish in the cheesiness of it all. Like many other things in life, it works for some, and it doesn’t for others. But you would be surprised at how significant the semantics of choosing a nickname for your partner can be. There are just so many possibilities that come with forming nicknames and it really makes things a lot more complicated than they have to be. For the couples who use them, nicknames are great. They are a term of endearment. They are something that is exclusive only to the two of them it’s something that they can call entirely their own much like a child.
A verbal child. But what makes a good nickname? Well, a recent survey of 15 girls have told us the 4 most important things that they look for in a nickname with their significant other.
1. It has to be a nickname that is unique, personalized, funny, creative, and witty.
2. It could be a play on the person’s real name or a variation of it.
3. It could be a literal term of endearment.
4. It shouldn’t be the overused ‘babe’ nickname.
So yeah. Boys, if you don’t want to be that clich boyfriend, it would probably be best for you to stray away from using the babe nickname on your girl. And if you aren’t just as creative or as imaginative as you would like to be, you could try a few of these alternatives instead as mentioned by the girls who were surveyed:
1. ‘KitKat’ Katrina R.
KitKats are my favorite sweets in the whole world. And coincidentally, I’m named Katrina. It’s like a match made in heaven. My boyfriend just decided to call me KitKat because I’m guessing he considers me to be the sweetest thing in his life.
2. ‘Lizzie’ Elizabeth D.
My name is Elizabeth. But to most of my friends, I’m known as Beth. It’s primarily how I like to introduce myself. But my husband wanted to feel special, so he decided to just start calling me Lizzie one day. And honestly, it was annoying at first, but it kind of grew on me. It was a name that the both of us kept for ourselves, and I love that.
3. ‘Girlfriend’ Michelle S.
It might not be the most creative of nicknames but it works for us. I call him boyfriend, and he just calls me girlfriend. I would never want us to be the couple who overuses babe so that’s definitely a no-go. I’m just hoping that eventually our nicknames evolve from girlfriend-boyfriend to wife-husband.
4. ‘Cutie’ Mary B.
Who doesn’t want to be reminded of how cute they are? To tell you the truth, my partner for 5 years has been calling me cutie since the start, and I still get giddy every time he says it. There’s just a little girl inside of me who leaps with joy whenever I hear him call me his little cutie pie.
5. ‘Honey’ Kate V.
I love to be called honey. It might be clich, but to me, it’s a lot better than being called babe’ all the time. My boyfriend just started calling me honey one day and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed hearing that word come out of his mouth. And it just stuck with us ever since. If he had called me babe’ it probably would have been a different story.
6. ‘Kitten’ Rose L.
I am absolutely obsessed with cats even though my husband is more of a dog lover. He hates cats, in fact. But he loves me enough to be able to tolerate the fact that we now have 3 cats who live with us in our cramped apartment. He calls me Kitten because he says that he loves me just as much as I love my cats and I think that’s the sweetest thing in the world.
7. ‘Frizzy’ Aila S.
My ex used to call me Frizzy and it’s probably my most favorite nickname in a relationship ever. I’m an African-American woman with strong frizzy hair that just has a life of its own. I used to always see this as a flaw in my appearance and I was deeply insecure about it. But when my ex started using ‘Frizzy’ as a term of endearment towards me, I stopped seeing my frizzy hair as a flaw and I started to love that part of my looks.
8. ‘Babyschka’ Maria K.
I’m Russian and so I wanted my boyfriend to infuse a Russian flare into his nickname for me. And so he came up with ‘Babyschka’ instead of the regular babe. I love it. I hate it whenever people get lazy and just choose to refer to their significant others as ‘babe’ when there are so many creative alternatives out there that you could go with.
Ladies, talk to me
Ladies, what do you like to be called by your man? Talk to me in the comments below!