Hello mes chérs amis!
The French language has a lot of cute, romantic, quirky and raunchy terms of endearment. Some of these “French pet names and terms of endearment translate to English word for word like “mon ange” which means “my angel”. Others don’t translate very well at all like”mon chou” which literally means “MY CABBAGE” but idiomatically means more or less “My Darling”.
How to use this list of 101 Cute, Quirky, Common and Romantic French Terms of Endearment
If you really want to impress your friends, make your sweetheart melt or embarrass the hell out of your kids, don’t use their boring first name or the standard terms of endearment like sweetheart, shnookums or honey bunny. Instead, simply replace someone’s name with one of the French terms of endearment on this list.
Instead of saying “come here Annie”, you could say the following…
- **Come here MA BELLE(my beautiful)
- **What are you doing MA FOI?(My faith)
- **I went to the movies with MON PRINCE(My Prince)
It might feel strange at first to use these since they are in another language but will become second nature if you give it a chance..
Top 10 most common or popular French terms of endearment
The following 10 terms of endearment are probably some of the most common. you can use them for just about anyone— boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, husband, wife and maybe a very close friend.
They allgenerally have the same meaning as “honey”, “sweetie” or “darling”. I personally wouldn’t use these on your parents or co-workers.
- 1-Mon Chou = My cabbage
Literally means my cabbage but “chou” can also refer to a French cream-puff called “Chou Chantilly”.
- 2-ChouChou = Cabbage Cabbage
- 3- Mon ange = My angel
- 4-Mon bébé = My baby
- 5-Mon coeur= My heart
- 6-Doudou = My blankie or cuddly thing
- 7-Mon trésor = My treasure
- 8-Ma Chèrie (f) or (m) Mon Chèr = My sweetheart
- Ma Chèrie: say to a woman. Mon Chèr: say to a man.
- 9- Ma chère(f), Mon chèr (m) = My dear
- More formal than ma chèrie. Ma Chère: say to awoman, Mon Chèr: say to a man.
- 10- Ma puce =My flea
Bonjour mon trèsor. = Hello my treasure.
Jet’aime mon coeur. I love you my heart (It’s like saying I love you my darling.
Chou chou, ou t’es parti? Sweety, where did you go?
French Terms Of Endearment TO USE ON: HIM, HER or THE KIDS
Not as popular or less common than the top 10 pet names and terms of endearment I listed above however these all more or less have the same meaning— honey, sweetie, darling and shnookums etc.
- 11- Mon biquet = My lamb
- 12- Mon canard =My duck
- 13- Mon colibri = My hummingbird
- 14- Mon lapin = My rabbit
- 15- Mon Lapinou =My bunny
- 16- Mon Minou = My kitty
- 17- Mon poussin = My chick (as in baby chick)
- 18- Mon sucre d’orge = My barley sugar, my candy cane
- 19- Mon trognon = My apple core or fruit core
- 20- Mamours = contraction of “mon amour” from top 10 list above which mean “my love”
Tu est mon petit trognon = You are my little apple core
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French Terms Of Endearment TO SAY to: MEN or BOYS
Here are a few pet names and terms of endearment which you can use not only on your boyfriend or husband but also your son’s. My favourite is “Mon LouLou”.
Again, these all have the general meaning of sweety, hun or darling.
- 21- Mon petit chou= My little cabbage
- 22- Mon beau= My handsome
- 23- Mon loup My wolf
- 24- Mon nounours = My teddy bear or plushy
- 25- Mon ours = My bear
- 26- Mon petit caneton = My little duckling
- 27- Mon Poulet = My chicken
- 28- Mon râleur = My grumpy or complainer
- 29- Mon homme My man
- 30- Mon loulou My Pomeranian ( cute, cuddly and carried around)
- 31- Mon grand = My big guy
- 32- Mon vieux = My old one (but closer to big guy in meaning)
- 33- Mon Bébé d’amour = My love baby
- 34- Mon Bibou= Means something like “smoopy poop”
- 35- Mon pétard= Idomatically can mean my sweetie but literally means my gun or my joint.
- 36- Mon petit monstre = My little monstre (great for the kids)
- 37- Mon vilain = My naughty one (another good one for the kids)
Viens içi mon vieux= Come here big guy
Regardez mon râleur= Look at my little complainer
French Terms Of Endearment TO SAY to: WOMEN or GIRLS
Here are a few things you can say to your girlfriend, wife, daughter or other young girls. “Ma Princesse” is a common one for girls.
- 38- Ma caille =My quail
- 39- Ma coccinelles = My ladybug
- 40- Ma colombe=My dove
- 41- Ma crevette= My shrimp
- 42- Ma poule = My chicken
- 43- Ma truffe= My truffle
- 44- Ma choupinette =Closest meaning is cute
- 45- Ma cocotte =My casserole
- 46- Ma douce =My sweet
- 47- Ma fée = My fairy
- 48- Ma lolita = My lolita
- 49- Ma loulotte = No translation, similar to male version of Mon loulou
- 50- Ma lutine= My elf, or maybe pixie
- 51- Ma pépette= Literally means “dough” as in money but is used to refer to a pretty girl you can say “ma petite pépette” —a tender name for a young child.
- 52- Ma petite sirène = My little mermaid
- 53- Ma poupée = My little doll
- 54- Ma princesse= My princess
- 55- Ma tigresse = My tigress
- 56- Mon papillon = My butterfly
- 57- Ma grosse= My fat one (Not very complimentary)
- 58- Mon bijou= My jewel
- 59- Ma belle = My pretty like the Beatles song “Michelle, ma belle”
- 60- Ma bohême = My bohemian
- 61- Ma râleuse = My grumpy or my complainer
- 62- Ma bibiche= derived from biche
- 63- Ma biche = My doe, as in do a dear
- 64- Ma bichette= derived from doe as in dear.
- 65- Ma mie= not the crust but the soft white part of the bread
- 66- Ma poupette= derived from poupée, my dolly
Elle est ma petite poupette: she is my little doll
French Terms Of Endearment that can be used romantically and affectionately
The French terms of endearment below can be used romantically with that special someone and with your kids in a lovey dovey way. For instance, “Mon Amour” which means my love can be used for your kids or for your boyfriend.
- 67 -Mon étoile = My star
- 68 -Ma raison de vivre = My reason for living
- 69 -Mon ciel étoilé = My starry sky
- 70 -L’amour de ma vie = Love of my life
- 71 -Ma foi = My faith
- 72 -Ma force = My strength
- 73 -Ma moitié = MY half (similar to my better half)
- 74 -Ma passion = My passion
- 75 -Ma perfection = My perfection
- 76 -Ma raison d’être = My reason for being
- 77 -Mon Amour = My love (this extremely popular)
- 78 -Mon Amoureux = My lover ( is not sexual. Can say to children means my love
- 79 -Mon avenir = My future
- 80 -Mon bonheur = My happiness
- 81 -Mon désir = My desire
- 82 -Mon destin = My destiny
- 83 -Mon Essentiel = My essential
- 84 -Mon Exception = My exception
- 85 -Mon idéal = My ideal
- 86 -Mon indispensable = My essential or indispensable one
- 87 -Mon plaisir quotidien = My daily pleasure
- 88 -Mon préféré = My preferred one
- 89 -Mon rayon de soleil = MY ray of sunshine
- 90 -Mon rêve = My dream
- 91 -Mon souffle = My breath
- 92 -Mon prince = My prince
- 93 -Mon roméo = My Romeo
- 94 -Mon superman = My Superman
Elle est mon rayon de soleil = She is my ray of sunshine
French terms of endearment you may find STRANGE or RISQUÉ
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
I saved the best or worst for last depending on how you look at it. The following terms of endearment are probably going to sound raunchy or dirty to you. Nevertheless, they are terms of endearment used by some French people.
- 95-Ma crotte = Literally means my turd. Belgians use this to refer to their women, like Ma chéri
- 96- Ma quequette =A childish or cute name for a penis, like willy. My girlfriend sometimes calls me this. weird right?
- 97- Ma nénette and Ma Salope = Nénette can mean slut but can also mean chick or broad. Salope can also mean slut but here it can also mean “My Bitch”
- 98- Ma chatte = Be careful! This means pussycat and it has the same double meaning in English “pussy“.
- 99- Ma couille =Literally means my testicle but young men use it to refer to their friends, like “hey dickhead”, only it would be “hey testicle”. LOL
- 100- Mon petit poil de cul = Literally means “my little butt hair”. To be honest, no one Iknow uses this. I found this on a French forum from someone who said she uses this to address her boyfriend.
- 101- Mon dieu de sexe =My sex god. Don’t use in public unless you want to perk up their ears and get a smile.
There you have it mes chèrs. There are probably 100’s more French terms of endearment that I could have included but these should take you a while to memorize.