With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I got to thinking about terms of endearment and about the world of interpersonal language that romantic partners develop just for themselves.
For this study students at Ohio University went out and delivered the survey to married people. Nonetheless, Schwartz says she thinks pet names are important as shorthand for admiration and affection. You may be familiar with another group of nicknames that are reserved only for certain people: families. Gesselman acknowledges that while her study looked at the average among couples, there could be individual differences unaccounted for. According to Arana, couples can improve their sex lives by dropping pet names, and she’s seen many examples of this.
There’s also the embarrassment factor, of course, if one person lets the nickname slip in front of others (I have been chided for accidentally doing this too loudly on occasion). In the digital age, when hardly anything is private anymore, couples may value their pet names all the more. Whether they sound to others like gibberish or the names of Muppets, it doesn’t matter. Even Arana, after writing a book advising against silly pet names, isn’t totally immune to terms of endearment from her romantic partner. Welcome to the Scientific American Blog Network, a forum for a diverse and independent set of voices to share news and opinions and discuss issues related to science. We’ve got lots of ideas for cute nicknames to call your boyfriend, and we’ve divided them all into a few descriptive categories.


These are some cute, affectionate names to call your boyfriend that are fairly common and well-known terms of endearment.
If your man spends lots of time at the gym, if he works out, lifts weights, and is really muscular and athletic, then here are some cute names to call a boyfriend with a great body. My parents have their own nicknames for me and my brother, and we have names for them too that we don’t use in public.
But this speech is negatively related to relationship length, so couples that have been together for years use it less. Bruess in particular cautions against judging a couple based on their pet names, which emerge and exist in their own unique relationship. This is especially bad if you have a pet name that would sound infantilizing or downright ridiculous to others.
Whether you feel a twinge of envy or you think they should “get a room”, you can’t help but notice when those lovey-dovey duos call each other by cute little pet names.
If you have a honey who makes you laugh, who has a happy, friendly and outgoing personality, then you might like some of these ideas for pet names.
These can be his and hers versions of a nickname, or you can call each other by the names of famous celebrity or historical couples. These are some names to call your boyfriend that symbolize the enormous amount of love and affection you feel for him.
Maybe it’s cheesy, but it’s still romantic and adorable to have special names for the one you love. Interestingly, the study did not use data from couples married for more than five years who had no children (there were only two examples).


The names have resulted in a few awkward car rides with friends over the years, but otherwise I do see it as a largely positive extension of the bonds between us.
Participants in this study did represent a variety of age groups (18 to more than 60 years old), and study authors did not control for sexual orientation or marital status. Maybe you have come up with a few of your own cute names to call your boyfriend, but you want to think of something new and different.
You can pick one and stick to it or get lots of ideas for different lovey names you can use to express your adoration.
Try a couple of different cute names for your boyfriend- you’ll know the perfect nickname when you find it, and he’ll feel special and loved.
But from what has been studied, and from the experience of several experts, it seems nicknames can be a good thing for a relationship – if both partners are into it. We’ll start with your basic terms of endearment just for general conversation, and then list some names for different traits and personalities.
So, while this study established a basis for looking at the question, it used a small sample size and didn’t represent the full spectrum of romantic relationships.
You can still include the standard terms of endearment in your conversations, but using that one certain special name for your boyfriend that is specifically suited to him makes him feel special and deepens your bond.



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