Nothing may seem more romantic than the first time your partner calls you sweetie, or baby, or honey. Pet names are an endearing way of showing that your partner is comfortable with you and your relationship. Pet names make you feel special, cared for, and loved. They set you apart from others in your partners life and make you feel more important.
It's simply amazing how hearing your partner call you by a pet name can make you feel.
Pet Names Can Be Awkward
For some people, it feels awkward to use a pet name, particularly if it's early in a relationship. Using a pet name may make you feel like you're making a commitment to your partner, when you may not feel ready for that next step.
Some people just feel more conservative and reserved and prefer to address their partner by their first name. Some have told me they feel silly or childish calling their partner "honey" or "babe". Others simply feel that pet names are for "younger" couples or dating couples.
If either of these describe you, you're in good company. Pet names aren't for everyone or every relationship. If you're uncomfortable with this form of intimacy, make up for it in other ways romantic ways!
If you want to give pet names a try, you may find that with a little practice, it becomes quite comfortable and endearing. Try using them at home or in private situations. If you still feel silly in person, start by giving your partner a pet name when you talk on the phone or even via email and text. As silly as you may feel, you can bet that your partner will be smiling when they read or hear it!
So, what's in a pet name... ?
Pet names that sound sweet, like compliments are often the most popular and common. These include:
Sometimes partners give each other pet names based on a trait, situation, or other aspect of their partner or relationship that triggers a memory or a feeling. As strange as it may seem, I've heard pet names like 'Love Toast' and "Porkloin". While these may seem strange to those on the outside, they're genuine terms of endearment that remind the couple of something special to them.
If you're looking for a pet name for your partner, here's our list of the most popular romantic pet names. Have fun selecting a pet name, just make sure it has a special meaning for the two of you as a couple!