Ah l’amour! As essential as the baguette at lunch or some cheese before dessert, love is indisputably the first topic of conversation in France and it is as prominent for the French as Mamma is for the Italians. So, if you want to dig into the French culture, it will be nice to know some French terms of endearments.
Also, following our articles on Spanish nicknames for guys and ladies, and the article on Indian nicknames, we began to receive a lot of requests from readers, asking that we write about French nicknames and so, here you go.
In this article, we share a couple of beautiful French nicknames you can call your lovers, siblings, parents, and even random strangers.
To help you choose the most appropriate nickname, we decided to classify them into 10 categories. Some of the pet names can be used for both men and women, and “U” stands for Universal. Some of them are only women-related (see sign F for Female), and some only dedicated to men (M for Male).
Some can be used just for young or old lovers, some for friends. To see the difference, just take a quick look at the definition. Have fun!
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List of French nicknames:
This list contains French nicknames for guys and girls, boyfriends, and girlfriends.
French Nicknames from Nature
The following are French nicknames for guys and girls from nature. These are nicknames you can call any guy; friend, sibling, and even a stranger:
- Bout de chou (U) ‒ Little cabbage, a nickname for the small and big ones
- Chou (U) ‒ Cabbage, shorter than bout de chou, but as intense
- Chouchou (U) ‒ Just to say that he or she is the favorite
- Choufleur (M) ‒ Cauliflower, more manly than the little cabbage
- Choupinou (M) ‒ Boy version of cabbage
- Choupinette (F) ‒ Girl version of choupinou
- Cucul de la lune (U) ‒ For friends who are often distracted and love to blue sky
- Fleurette (F) ‒ A poetic expression for desire, you say « let’s go and see fleurette »
- Groseille (F) ‒ Gooseberry, because girls are so sweet
- Lila (F) ‒ Lila, Girls are fragile and fragrant like this flower
- Ma fleur (F) ‒ My flower, who doesn’t think girls are flowers?
- Mon arbre (M) ‒ My tree, it stays strong even in stormy nights
- Mon pétale (F) ‒ Petal, for fragile and poetic girls
- Ma petite myrtille des bois (F) ‒ My little wild blueberry, small size but very intense taste
- Ma petite noisette (F) ‒ My small hazelnut, a concentrate of charm
- Ma petite rose des champs (F) ‒ Field rose, for a wild and colorful girl
- Ma rose (F) ‒ Rose, it is a cute French nickname for a beautiful girlfriend
- Ma violette (F) ‒ Violet, a charming purple flower name which always fits ladies
- Mon coquelicot (F) ‒ Poppy, for joyful and natural girls
- Mon lys adoré (F) ‒ Lily, a noble and beautiful girl
- Mon roc (M) ‒ Rock, for solid and confident men who never doubt
- Mon soleil (U) ‒ My sun, not a single day of bad weather with him
- Petit chou (U) ‒ As sweet as bout de chou
- Petite fleur (F) ‒ Small flower, how can you resist the charm of little girls?
- Ver de terre (M) ‒ Literally worm, for very shy small kids
- Vieille branche (M) ‒ Old branch, for friends who have known each other for ages
French Nicknames from Objects
The following are French terms of endearments gotten from objects. They are appropriate for friends, siblings, co-workers, and even strangers:
- Bijou (F) ‒ My jewel. Use this nickname for a precious guy or girl
- Doudou (M) ‒ You immediately think of the teddy bear you used to carry everywhere when you were a baby
- Mon enclume (M) ‒ Anvil, for someone who gives weight to your life
- Mon petit bouchon (U) ‒ Small cork, because love makes your head spin faster than a glass of wine
- Trésor (U) ‒ Treasure, boys, and girls, young and old, we are all someone’s treasure
French Nicknames Based on Physical Features
The following are French nicknames based on a person’s physique or appearance:
- Beauté (F) ‒ Beauty, a nice way to show your love to your beautiful girlfriend
- Beau brun (M) ‒ Cute dark-haired, for latinos with a manifest innate sensuality
- Belle gueule (M) ‒ A great French nickname for a young, good-looking boy
- Belle gosse (F) ‒ Same thing as bogosse, but for women
- BG (M) ‒ It stands for ‘beau gosse,” which means hot guy
- Bogosse (M) ‒ For a young, good-looking boy
- Cœur (U) ‒ Heart, all versions available; petit cœur-little heart, my mon cœur-heart, joli cœur-beautiful heart
- Filou (M) ‒ For little and big mischievous boys
- Fripouille (U) ‒ For kids with an irresistible smile
- Gros (M) ‒ Like Big Boy, which is a sign of affection
- Jeune homme (M) ‒ Young man, to grab a man’s attention with elegance
- Ma belle (F) ‒ My beauty, a passionate salutation or term of endearment for a sweetheart
- Ma douce (F) ‒ My sweetheart, it is meant for girlfriends
- Ma mignonnette (F) ‒ If your girlfriend is cute and good looking, call her this nickname
- Ma petite femme (F) ‒ My little woman, use it after many years of common life
- Mignon (M) ‒ Cutie, girls use it to talk about/to a man they fancy
- Mignonne (F) ‒ Cutie, female version of mignon, but more poetic
- Mon grand (M) ‒ Big Man, for kids, mainly
- Petit bout (U) ‒ Small thing, we use it mostly for very little kids
- Petite (F) ‒ Small girl, because girls will always be smaller than boys
- Petiote (F) ‒ For very small girls
- Pitchoune (F) ‒ The same as petiote in Southern France
- Pitchounette (F) ‒ More adorable than pitchoune
- Quinquin (M) ‒ This is how they call kids in Northern France
- Titenana (F) ‒ For little girls who already behave like grown-ups
- Toudou (M) ‒ For men as soft as stuffed animals
French nicknames derived from Food
The following are French nicknames derived from cooking, eating, and food:
- Andouille (U) ‒ Sausage, for those who make little mistakes
- Barbe à papa (U) ‒ Cotton candy, for little girls
- Bonbec (U) ‒ The short version of bonbon, meaning candy, for kids
- Cacahuète (U) ‒ Peanut. You can use it as a nickname for someone who is full of fantasy and fun
- Chantilly (F) ‒ Your girlfriend is lighter and tastier than this cream
- Choucroute (F) ‒ Sauerkraut, I hope you’ve known your wife for a long time to call her out like this
- Cucul la praline (U) ‒ For those who rarely stay focused
- Chamallow (U) ‒ Marshmallow, the adult version of barbe à papa
- Honey (U) ‒ Simply Bee-cause you like it sweet
- Loukoum (U) ‒ Is she as sweet as Loukoum, the popular Turkish delight?
- Ma petite biscotte (F) ‒ My little toast, for crunchy girlfriends
- Ma guimauve (F) ‒ Another type of marshmallow to call your sweet boyfriend
- Macaron tout rond (U) ‒ Macaron tout rond is a sweet cookie, which is why it is a cute nickname for a sweet friend
- Mon petit caramel (U) ‒ Sweet caramel, a romantic French nickname for a very special friend
- Ma petite douceur (F) ‒ Sweet candy, for men and women who like to share a small moment of pleasure
- Ma petite fleur en sucre (F) ‒ Sugar flower, a double pleasure
- Mon cœur au chocolat (U) ‒ For your chocolate sweetheart
- Mon petit sushi (U) ‒ Because you sometimes want to eat him/her in one single bite
- Mon sucre d’orge (U) ‒ Candy cane, how can you resist his/her sweet call?
- Mou roudoudou en sucre (M) ‒ It does not mean anything, but it sounds good
- Petite nouille (U) ‒ Small noodle, for small and « tasty » kids
- Petit Sucre rose (U) ‒ My little pink sugar, a good pet name for a cute little friend
- Pomme d’amour (U) ‒ Candy apple, an excellent nickname for your sweet little one, girls mainly
- Régalette (F) ‒ If your girlfriend treats you well, then this is the perfect name for her
- Sucre d’or (F) ‒ Gold sugar, for a sweet girl
- Sucrerie (F) ‒ Candy, who does not want to enjoy a sweet moment with him or her?
French nicknames derived from Mythology, cartoons, and magic
The following are French pet names based from on mythology, cartoons or magic:
- Cendrillon (F) ‒ Because girls are as nice as Cinderella and not only at the ball
- Cupidon (M) ‒ Cupido, be careful ladies, his charm is even more dangerous than his arrows
- Daisy (F) ‒ A little more used in regions close to English-speaking countries such as Canada
- Déesse (F) ‒ Goddess, men bow before her
- Désirée (F) ‒ Desired, to delicately express what she already knows
- Diablesse (F) ‒ She-Devil; men do not resist her spells
- Diablotin (M) ‒ Imp, for small mischievous boys
- Donkikong (M) ‒ You better not resist him; otherwise he risks smashing everything
- Impératrice (F) ‒ Empress, men are at her feet
- Ma duchesse (F) ‒ Duchess, to express an unwavering allegiance to her
- Ma fée (F) ‒ Fairy; a good name for a magical girl
- Ma Juliette (F) ‒ If you are her Romeo, she’s your Juliet
- Ma muse (F) ‒ For someone who inspires you
- Ma nymphe (F) ‒ A cute nickname for a girlfriend that could be likened to a Goddess
- Ma petite reine d’amour (F) ‒ For small girls, in princy-ple
- Ma petite sirène (F) ‒ Little mermaid. A good nickname for a girlfriend full of surprises.
- Ma poupée (F) ‒ Doll, because we all love to play with dolls
- Ma princesse (F) ‒ All girls are princesses, aren’t they?
- Ma reine (F) ‒ Queen, a respectful word used to refer to your loved one
- Ma schtroumpfette (F) ‒ Smurfette, a romantic nickname for your girlfriend
- Ma Valentine (F) ‒ A great name for your Valentine girl
- Mon ange (U) ‒ My angel
- Mon Apollon (M) ‒ Apollo, for the divine beauty of your man
- Mon étoile (F) ‒ My star, no need to wait until nightfall, your wife shines all the time for you
- Mon héros (M) ‒ My hero, if your boyfriend is your hero
- Mon prince (M) ‒ A cool French nickname to call your prince
- Mon preux chevalier (M) ‒ Isn’t he your valiant knight?
- Mon roi (M) ‒ Will your king share his kingdom with you?
- Mon Tarzan (M) ‒ Sounds like he’s ready to cross the entire jungle to join you
- Pépito (M) ‒ Pepito is a comic-book hero. You can say that to someone acting as a pioneer or fighter
- Petit prince (M) ‒ He may be small, but God, he is so charming!
- Prince charmant (M) ‒ Charming prince, he’s grown up, and he’s still as handsome as ever
- Petite licorne (F) ‒ Little Unicorn, a great French nickname for a great small friend
- Winnie L’Ourson (M) ‒ French term for Winne the Pooh. Is she gentle, friendly, adorable, and childlike, then call her this nickname.
French Nicknames Derived from Animals
The following are French nicknames based on animals. The following French pet names are appropriate for friends, siblings, co-workers, and even strangers:
- Asticot (M) ‒ Maggot, but can be seen as a funky name for a crazy friend
- Belette (F) ‒ Weasel, some boys call their young accomplices like that
- Biche (F) ‒ Female deer, but you need to think of Bambi to understand the sweet meaning
- Bichette (F) ‒ Female deer, but it is often used as an affectionate name for one’s girlfriend
- Bibiche (F) ‒ Same as Bichette, even if it sounds a bit old school
- Bichon (M) ‒ Bichon, what girl wouldn’t fall for him?
- Biquet (M) ‒ Young goat, for women who are curious about life in a farm
- Biquette (F) ‒ Young goat, for men who miss the farm
- Bisounours (M) ‒ Even more cute than a teddy bear
- Bonobo (M) ‒ Not very nice for your boyfriend, but we know love is blind
- Bouba (M) ‒ Named after a famous bear on TV
- Bunny (M) ‒ This is the modern version of the rabbit, but it is less widespread
- Canard (M) ‒ Duck, ladies, ready to join the duck patrol?
- Canaille (U) ‒ Scoundrel, for playful darlings
- Canari (F) ‒ Canary, she’s so small that you can hold her in your hand
- Chat (M) ‒ Cat, doesn’t his look make you fall for him, ladies?
- Chaton (U) ‒ Kitten, use it for your adorable kids
- Chatounette (F) ‒ Kitty, less used by lovers
- Chatte (F) ‒ Pussy, doesn’t her meowing make you fall for her, gentlemen?
- Coccinelle (F) ‒ Ladybug, she’s small, discreet and flies away whenever she wants
- Crapaud (M) ‒ Toad, for the little ones who jump more than they walk
- Crapule (U) ‒ Baby toad, for grown-ups and little rascals
- Féline (F) ‒ Feline, for women who get their claws out when they are hungry
- Grominet (M) ‒ Sylvester, the comic book version of the cat that hunts Tweety, I am sure you remember
- Grizzly (M) ‒ Size and appetite are bigger than a bear’s
- Jumbo (M) ‒ XXL version XXL of men
- Lapin d’Amour (U) ‒ Who does not love rabbits?
- Lapinette (F) ‒ Small female rabbit, usually for small girls
- Lapinou ‒ My little rabbit, for boys and girls
- Loulou ‒ This may derive from Loup-Wolf, to express affection to little and big men
- Louloute (F) ‒ The feminine version of loulou, for young girls you want to kiss on the cheek
- Louve (F) ‒ She-wolf, for women who always defend their man
- Ma Caille (F) ‒ A French term of endearment, the direct translation is quail, but as a term of endearment, it means “honey.”
- Ma colombe (F) ‒ Dove, thanks to her, you feel like you are growing wings
- Ma gazelle (F) ‒ Springbock, a cute nickname for your girlfriend
- Ma lionne (F) ‒ Lioness; a cool French nickname for a wild girlfriend
- Ma loute (F) ‒ Sounds like the female version of loup, but it is not. Use it for sweet girls
- Ma loutre (F) ‒ Otter, a little clumsy to call your 50 years old wife
- Ma petite chatte (F) ‒ For young and old girls, but the meaning varies according to the age
- Ma petite crevette (U) ‒ Small shrimp, for all the kids, not only those who like mayonnaise
- Ma petite grenouille (U) ‒ Little frog; it is used as a romantic nickname for girlfriends.
- Ma petite marmotte (U) ‒ Little marmot, a cute pet name for your sleepy kids
- Ma poule (F) ‒ Chicken, A French slang among female friends and girlfriends
- Ma puce (U) ‒ Flea, use it like “my dear” in an informal way
- Ma petite puce (U) ‒ For all children, from the very young to the very young
- Matou (M) ‒ Aren’t boys’ big cats?
- Ma tourterelle (F) ‒ Turtledove. It is used as a pet name for someone you love
- Minet (M) ‒ Men are also small cats that we like to pet
- Minette (F) ‒ Female version of minet, with a sexier connotation
- Minou (M) ‒ It is the smallest version after matou and minet
- Moineau (U) ‒ Another type of sparrow, we love birds in France
- Mon bel étalon (M) ‒ Bright stallion, this should be reserved for a handsome man
- Mon canari des îles (U) ‒ Island canary, a cute French nickname for your munchkin
- Mon loup (M) ‒ My wolf, if you like small wolves, you will adore big bad wolves
- Mon petit calamar doré (U) ‒ A squid is not the cutest animal unless it is covered with gold…
- Mon petit canard (M) ‒ Little duck. Si si, c’est logique pour le pays du foie gras
- Mon petit caneton (M) ‒ Baby duck, mainly for kids
- Mon petit chamois (M) ‒ You may call your kids like that in the mountains and in the city too
- Mon petit chat d’amour (M) ‒ You may say that when your kid is drinking milk at breakfast
- Mon petit escargot adoré (M) ‒ My sweet golden snail, attention, we are not speaking of food here
- Mon petit koala (M) ‒ Be careful, don’t just serve her plants
- Mon petit lapin (U) ‒ Small rabbit, he too doesn’t only eat vegetables
- Mon poussin (U) ‒ For your cute little chicken
- Mon poussinet (M) ‒ If your boyfriend is cute and dedicated, this is the nickname to call him
- Mon souriceau (M) ‒ My small mouse. It can be used for a troublesome boyfriend or an energetic lover
- Nounours (M) ‒ Teddy bear, how long will you resist his charm?
- Ourson (M) ‒ Baby bear, he plays and falls all the time, you need to rescue him!
- Panda (M) ‒ Black and white is trendy, especially for men of all ages
- Petit loup (M) ‒ Little wolf, for children
- Petit escargot (M) ‒ Baby snail, usually for boys because of the size, not the speed
- Petit canaillou (M) ‒ Cuter than Little rascal, for those who like to set small traps to their parents
- Petit poussin (U) ‒ Baby chick, for very young children, a priori
- Petit oiseau (U) ‒ Small bird, your child is still young, but he will soon fly away, so enjoy his/her presence
- Petite canaille (U) ‒ The small version of scoundrel
- Piaf (U) ‒ Sparrow, la version old-school of Little bird
- Pingouin (M) ‒ You can call men like that because they’re cute, even if they dance like penguins at the disco
- Pioupiou (U) ‒ Baby sparrow, for kids mainly
- Poulette (F) ‒ It is used just as you would use Chick in English, mostly for friends
- Poupou (M) ‒ Use it to tell your daddy how much you love him
- Poussin (U) ‒ Everybody loves chicks, not only Sylvester!
- Pupuce (U) ‒ A cute French nickname for your Honeypot
- Souris (F) ‒ Mouse, you know, the little animal that always escapes the matou
- Tigre (M) ‒ Tiger, be careful ladies, this man is a fierce animal!
- Tigrou (M) ‒ Relax ladies, this baby tiger is sweet as pie, no need to hide
- Titi (U) ‒ Tweety, the comic book character who flees Sylvester alias Grominet
French nicknames derived from General words
The following are French nicknames based on general terms. These French nicknames are either soft or quite serious but can also be used as a way to tease your beloved one!
- Amour (U) ‒ love, actually.
- Baby (U) ‒ Easy word, right? And the French love it
- Bébé (U) ‒ Baby, now you know how to tell your boyfriend about the happy occasion…
- Bébé d’Amour (U) ‒ Baby love, a bit childish, but maybe he/she enjoy being back to childhood
- Bibi d’amour (U) ‒ A sweet, not that common nickname for someone you love
- Bibou (U) ‒ Is he a sweet and kind soul?
- Bisounours (M) ‒ Is he your sweet carebear?
- Boubou (M) ‒ No real meaning, just one of those cool-sounding nicknames you can call your boyfriend
- Calinette (F) ‒ Comes from câlin, cuddle. It is used for a cuddling girl
- Calinours (M) ‒ For a boyfriend as adorable as a teddy bear
- Chéri and chérie (U) ‒ A great classic among lovers
- Chérichou (U) ‒ Sweeter though less elegant than chéri and chou
- Chouchou (U) ‒ This is also the name of a famous movie. It also means my favorite one if you want to choose it
- Choupette (F) ‒ A cute French nickname for a close female friend
- Choupi (U) ‒ A short version of Choupinette; a nickname to show your love for a kid
- Choupine (F) ‒ A medium version of Choupinette
- Choupinet (M) ‒ A boy version of choupinette
- Choupinette (F) ‒ Use it for girls
- Choupichou (M) ‒ Use it for small choupinets
- Crazy Chérie (F) ‒ It means crazy love. It is a good French term of endearment for a wild friend or someone you appreciate
- Chouquette (F) ‒ A Chouquette is a delicious pastry sprinkled with pearl sugar and sometimes filled with custard or mousse. It can also be dipped in chocolate or covered in chocolate chips. Use it for girls
- Coquinette (F) ‒ A cute French name for a naughty girlfriend
- Darling (U) ‒ As it is in English
- Doudounette (F) ‒ The female version of doudou, but far less common
- Fofolle (F) ‒ Use it for the crazy girl you love
- Foufou (M) ‒ Use it for the crazy boy you love
- Kiki (M) ‒ A cute sounding term for a darling
- Loleuse (F) ‒ A good pet name for a cheerful friend
- Lolotte (F) ‒ For someone who is independent and fun
- Ma chouette (F) ‒ Owl. But “Ma Chouette” is an affectionate term used for a nice person
- Ma cocotte (F) ‒ Hen, it is commonly used like poule-chicke between friends
- Ma douce (F) ‒ Girls keep the world as sweet as ever
- Ma dulcinée (F) ‒ It means sweetheart. Maybe a bit too romantic
- Ma joie (U) ‒ My joy, you can use it for men and women
- Ma meuf (F) ‒ my wife/girl. Comes from « femme » – woman, upside down like keum.
- Ma mie (F) ‒ An old word to call your sweetheart
- Ma mignonette (F) ‒ Use it for adorable little girls
- Ma moitié (F) ‒ If you are very close to your half one, then this is the right name
- Ma pépite (F) ‒ It means a piece of gold; a good nickname for a girl you are lucky to have
- Ma petite femme (F) ‒ My little woman, to express your desire for protection
- Ma promise (F) ‒ The promised one is the girl you hope to marry someday
- Ma tendre (F) ‒ A cute nickname for a true sweetheart
- Mamour (U) ‒ Like ‘mon amour,’ i.e., my love. Sounds old-fashioned
- Meuf (F) ‒ Like Mec, Meuf can be used for your girlfriend or any female
- Mimi (F) ‒ The short version of mignon
- Mimoune (F) ‒ A bit old fashioned but sweet pet name for your girlfriend
- Mini Lady (F) ‒ A funny little name for your best friend
- Mon amour (U) ‒ It means my love!
- Mon amoureux (U) ‒ My lover, this says it all
- Mon bébé (U) ‒ My baby, because we’re all wannabe parents
- Mon bébé d’amour (U) ‒ My babylove, be careful, girls, boys may find it annoying!
- Mon bien aimé (M) ‒ A great way to tell your darling how much he means to you
- Mon cher et tendre (M) ‒ A romantic term of endearment to show your love and feelings to your boyfriend
- Mon chéri (M) ‒ This means babe. Pronounce it with three “rrr” from the throat to make it sound even more French!
- Mon chou (M) ‒ This is also the name of a creamy cupcake… It means my sweetheart
- Mon chouchou d’amour (M) ‒ How to express your feelings while keeping your child’s soul
- Mon cœur (U) ‒ It beats for both men and women
- Mon coussinet (M) ‒ If your boyfriend is soft and calm, this is a sweet name that refers to a small cushion
- Mon cum or Mon keum (M) ‒ Derives from Mec. Dans les années 1990, on aimait prononcer les mots à l’envers. It means “My man.”
- Mon étoile (U) ‒ My star, for those who have bright eyes when they look at their darling
- Mon gazou (M) ‒ In Arabic language, Gazou means boy and should be used for someone who is sweet and charming – Use « gazelle » as a female equivalent
- Mon homme (M) ‒ My man
- Mon Jules (M) ‒ An elegant word for boyfriend
- Mon namoureux (M) ‒ My lover, when you want to act like a little girl in love
- Mon petit cœur (U) ‒ My little sweetheart
- Mon petit vent d’amour (M) ‒ this little wind will cool your man who’s getting hot
- Mon précieux (M) ‒ My precious, mostly used in the black community
- Mon rayon de soleil (U) ‒ Sunshine, when Mister or Miss Sun comes to help you change your bad mood
- Mon z’amour (U) ‒ a childish option for My love
- Pépette (F) ‒ A cool nickname for a girlfriend you value highly
- Petit diamant (U) ‒ Little diamond, a powerful term of endearment for someone precious
- Petit filou (M) ‒ For playful and smart boys
- Petite filoute (F) ‒ Female version of petit filou
- Petite poupée (F) ‒ Little doll. A cute French nickname for a cute friend
- Petite chérie (F) ‒ Little Sweetheart, for girls with a big heart
- Poupée (F) ‒ Doll, a classic for girls with an irresistible charm
- Poupette (F) ‒ Small version of poupée
- Poupettine (F) ‒ Extra Small version of poupée
- Poupinette (F) ‒ Extra Extra Small version of poupée
- Poupou d’amour (M) ‒ Boys can also be dolls
- Roudoudou (M) ‒ A cute nickname for a sweetheart
- Toutoune (F) ‒ If you love to paddle and cuddle your girlfriend, this is perfect
Sensual French Nicknames
These French nicknames are more matured, and obviously not to be used for kids.
- Bitch (F) ‒ For girls with a strong character
- Bombasse (F) ‒ For femmes’ Fatales
- Gonzesse (F) ‒ When you are tired of saying, Nana
- Lover (M) ‒ For heartbreakers
- Loveuse (F) ‒ For women who love passionately
- Nana (F) ‒ When you are tired of the conservative version of girlfriend or just female friend
- Ogre (M) ‒ For men with insatiable appetites
French Nicknames for Friends
These French nicknames you can call any guy or lady; friend, sibling, and even a stranger.
- Boss (M) ‒ As per its meaning in English, it is used to show some respect
- Champion (M) ‒ As it is in English
- Chef (M) ‒ Boss, it can be used as a sign of respect
- Chochotte (F) ‒ A term of endearment you can use to tease your over sensible friend
- Cousin (M) ‒ Cousin, but used to call someone you don’t necessarily know in French suburbs
- Frangin (M) ‒ A slang commonly used for a friend or brother
- Frangine (F) ‒ A common slang used for a sister or close buddy
- Frérot (M) ‒ A funny version of Frère, close to Bro
- Gus (M) ‒ Old version of mec
- Mec (M) ‒ Man. It is commonly used to address guys in general, but you can name your boyfriend like that
- Mecton (M) ‒ Little Man, for little men who will one day become big men
- Mon frère (M) ‒ My brother. You can use this nickname for a guy who means a lot to you.
- Mon pote (M) ‒ My Friend. There is also Ma pote for girls
- Poto (M) ‒ Shorter version of Pote
- Sœurette (F) ‒ Little sister, for bad boys who want to tell something nice to their female friend
French nicknames derived from Undetermined origin
These French nicknames don’t have any specific origin; they are appropriate for friends, siblings, co-workers, and even strangers.
- Biloute ‒ This is how you call a friend in Northern France
- Fripounou ‒ Similar to petite canaille
- Pilou (M) ‒ Similar to Doudou
- Zouzou ‒ For funny kids
So, tell us what your favorite French nickname on our list! Also, if you spot an error or you want to add up your own on top of our list, please feel free to drop a comment.
5 thoughts on “300+ French Nicknames for Friends and Lovers”
does anyone know what the nick name “pokit” means, a nick name given to my grand father 100 years ago
If someone called me bout de chou, I’d either kill myself or marry them on the spot. No in between.
I like it a lot especially, mon chou, mon chum, bijou ma cheri.
The nicknames are much more interesting that the old standards.
I like this website. It sounds like fun. I speak a little French, but it’s been a while. I love speaking French. It makes me feel good.