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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 French love nickname!


Note that most of these French love 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 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…
  • Mon lapin – my rabbit
  • Mon poussin – my chick

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French Love Nicknames Used to Speak to Men

All these French terms of endearment mean 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 these French terms of endearment mean 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 !

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