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As in other languages, French has its own little words or names to call a loved one. How does calling your wife "My flea" sound to you? It's one of the most popular ones in French!


Note that most of these nicknames can be modified by “petit(e)”, making it even more sweet…

French love nicknames used to speak to  men and women:

Mon amour – my love
Mon ange – my angel
Mon trésor – my treasure
Mon coeur – my heart
Mon canard – my duck – yes, I know… wait, it gets worse…
Mon chou – my sweet bun (un chou à la crème is a cream filled puff pastry) – “mon petit chou” is also quite common
Mon chouchou – comes from “mon chou”
Doudou – no translation – it sounds very bad in English but I believe the origine is Creole French and it means Sweety
Mon lapin – my rabit
Mon poussin – my chick 

French love nicknames used to speak to men, all meaning my darling more or less…

Mon chat – my cat (do not say the final t)
Mon chéri – my darling
Mon beau – my beautiful one
Mon choupinet – no translation – but comes from “mon chou”
Mon gros – my fat one
Loulou – no translation
Mon loup – my wolfe
Mon ours – my bear
Mon nounours – my teddy bear
Minou – kitty
Roudoudou – no translation although it was the name of a hard caramel candy…

French love nicknames used to speak to women, all meaning my darling more or less…

Ma belle – my beautiful one
Ma beauté – my beauty
Ma biche, ma bichette – my doe
Mon biquet – my goat kid
Ma caille – my quail
Ma chatte – my cat (be careful with this one as well : it means pussy, with exactly the same double meanings as it has in English)
Ma chérie – my darling
Ma choute – no translation – again comes from “mon chou”
Choupinette – no translation – again comes from “mon chou”
Ma cocotte – no translation but it has to do with hen
Ma colombe – my dove
Ma crevette – my shrimp (no, not the worse one)
Ma gazelle – my gazelle
Lolotte – no translation
Ma mie (very old fashion)
Minette – kitty
Moumoune – no translation
Ma poule, ma poulette – my hen
Poupounette – no translation
Ma Puce – my flea (yes, I know, it’s embarrassing) – also “Pupuce”…
Ma sardine – my sardine (no comment)
Ma souris – my mouse
Mon sucre d’orge – my little candy

Now you are ready to surprise your loved one with some cute French love nicknames for “la Saint Valentin”. If you know more common French love names, please add them in the comments and I will add them to this list (they need to be PC though).

Joyeuse Saint Valentin à tous !

More posts on this topic:

Aimer: to like, to enjoy, to love… and to be in love

I miss you = tu me manques – how to use the verb “manquer” in French

Les Mots d’amour – a video of the famous contemporary French Artist Bénabard + lyrics

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Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 19 years in the US, France, and to people around the world over the phone and by Skype . My method is proven and unique, and, based on my students' goals and needs, I've developed high quality French audiobooks and French audio lessons for all levels. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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