“Honey, I cleaned the kitchen!” has never sounded so sweet.

By Rachel Mulcahy
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Nicknames come in all shapes and forms, but the pet names that you call the love of your life are always unique and swoon-worthy. These nicknames come into play almost immediately once you start dating, and your actual name is soon forgotten. In fact, a clear indicator that you’re in trouble is when your significant other calls you by your first name.

If you find yourself in the doghouse and need some sweet nickname inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Remember: Happy wife, happy life. We collected charming nicknames that Southerners lovingly call their girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, and wives. When the honeymoon stage hits, the nicknames for your girlfriend or boyfriend are often longer and cuter—but husbands and wives know that with age, nicknames get shorter (but the love gets sweeter!). Honey changes to hon’ and sugar pie switches to shug. Everything’s better with age, including these adorable terms of endearment.

 Cute Nicknames For Girlfriends

  • Babe
  • Love
  • Beautiful
  • Princess
  • Buttercup
  • Cutie pie
  • Dream girl
  • Love bug
  • Sunshine
  • Sweetheart
  • Precious

Cute Nicknames For Boyfriends

  • Good-looking
  • Handsome
  • Stud
  • Prince Charming
  • Boo
  • Casanova
  • Knight In Shining Armor
  • Bugs
  • Beau
  • Lover boy
  • Honey bun

Sweet Nicknames For Your Husband

  • Bubba
  • Sweetie
  • Love of my life
  • Stud-muffin
  • Honey
  • Bo
  • Dearest
  • Dream Boat
  • Hunk
  • Lovey dovey
  • McDreamy
  • My beloved
  • Captain
  • Old man
  • Sugar pie
  • Other half
  • Honey butter biscuit
  • Sugar snap pea

 Affectionate Nicknames For Your Wife

  • Sweetie honey pie
  • My dear
  • Apple of my eye
  • My one and only
  • Nutter butter
  • Darling
  • Sweetheart
  • Pumpkin
  • Angel
  • Sugar
  • Honey bunches
  • Sweet pea
  • Shug
  • Beloved
  • Cutie patootie
  • Doll
  • Hon’
  • Peach
  • Snookums
  • Sweets
  • Toots
  • Queen