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Les Petits Noms d’Amour – French Love Nicknames + Audio

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis on February 9, 2020
French Love Nicknames

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 French love nickname!

Click on the audio bar to play the audio and hear the French love nicknames.

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

1 – French Love Nicknames Used to Speak to Men and Women:

  1. Mon amour – my love
  2. Mon ange – my angel
  3. Mon trésor – my treasure
  4. Mon coeur – my heart
  5. Mon canard – my duck – yes, I know… wait, it gets worse…
  6. Mon chou – my sweet bun (un chou à la crème is a cream filled puff pastry) – “mon petit chou” is also quite common
  7. Mon chouchou – comes from “mon chou”
  8. Doudou – no literal translation – it sounds very bad in English but we use it a lot in French! The origine is Creole French and it means sweety, darling…
  9. Mon lapin – my rabbit
  10. Mon poussin – my chick

So now this is a bit far fetched, but I used these words in this video where I play the videogame Minecraft in French. You may turn the CC on/off in French and English.

2 – French Love Nicknames Used to Speak to Men

All these French terms of endearment mean my darling more or less…

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

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3 – French Love Nicknames Used to Speak to Women

 French Love Nicknames

All these French terms of endearment mean my darling more or less…

  1. Ma belle – my beautiful one
  2. Ma beauté – my beauty
  3. Ma biche, ma bichette – my doe
  4. Mon biquet – my goat kid
  5. Ma caille – my quail
  6. 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)
  7. Ma chérie – my darling
  8. Ma choute – no translation – again comes from “mon chou”
  9. Choupinette – no translation – again comes from “mon chou”
  10. Ma cocotte – no translation but it has to do with hen
  11. Ma colombe – my dove
  12. Ma crevette – my shrimp (no, not the worse one)
  13. Ma gazelle – my gazelle
  14. Lolotte – no translation
  15. Ma mie (very old fashion)
  16. Minette – kitty
  17. Moumoune – no translation
  18. Ma poule, ma poulette – my hen
  19. Poupounette – no translation
  20. Ma Puce – my flea (yes, I know, it’s embarrassing) – also “Pupuce”…
  21. Ma sardine – my sardine (no comment)
  22. Ma souris – my mouse
  23. 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 !

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