Bonjour mes chers amis! “hello my dear friends”
The French language has hundreds of cute, romantic and quirky pet names and terms of endearment to express love and affection. Many of which are unique only to the French language.
Some French terms of endearment and French nicknames translate to the English language seamlessly, like “mon ange” which means “my angel.”
Some French terms of endearment are nonsensical and don’t translate very well, such as “mon bibou.”
And some French terms of endearment to express love and affection will seem a bit strange such as “Mon chou” which means “My cabbage.”
How to use this list of French pet name
Whether you’re a novice French language learner looking for some cute French expressions to call your boyfriend or you’re a professional French teacher looking for new lesson ideas to teach your class, or on language learning platforms such as Preply, this extensive list of French terms of endearment has got a little bit of everything for everyone.
The important thing to remember is you can use most French terms of endearment in the same way you would use sweetheart, honey, darling or sweetie.
For example, if you want to say my darling, honey or sweetheart in French, you can use any of the following terms of endearment.
“My sweetheart in French.”
- Chéri(e): French couples might call each other Chéri(e).
- Do you want to go to the movies Mon Prince? (My Prince)
- Come here Ma Belle (beautiful)
“Hello, my love in French.”
Another example is “Bonjour mon amour.” Although it means Hello my love in French, us it as you would use sweetheart, darling, honey, snookums, snuggly bunny.. you get the point, right?
It might feel strange to use some of these pet names since they are in another language, but they’ll soon become second nature if you give it a chance…
Let’s start with the classics: The more common French terms of endearment
The following ten terms of endearment are fairly common and very versatile. You can use them on your boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, husband, wife, lover etc. You can even use them with an extremely very close friend.
1-Chèrie (f) or (m) Chèri = My sweetheart or darling— for someone who you are very close to and love. French couples often call one another Chèri(e).
2- chère(f), cher (m) = Dear. This is more formal and not as intimate as saying Chèri(e). You can write cher or chère on letters just like English speakers would write “Dear John” on a letter. You could also use this when talking to someone you appreciate or respect, such as a teacher or family friend. Hello, my dear.
3-Mon Chou = My cabbage. This literally means my cabbage, but “chou” can also refer to a French cream-puff called “Chou Chantilly.”
4-ChouChou = Cabbage Cabbage
5- Mon ange = My angel (for men and women)
6-Mon bébé or just bébé = My baby (Used like it is in English, “hey babe or hey baby”)
7-Mon coeur= My heart
8-Doudou = My blankie or cuddly thing
9-Mon trésor = My treasure
10- Mon amour =My love
11- Mamour = contraction of “mon amour” which means “my love”
12- Ptit loup= little wolf
13- Ma puce =My flea.
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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 snookums etc.
14-Mon Bébé d’amour = My love baby
15- Mon colibri = My hummingbird
16- Mon lapin = My rabbit
17- Mon Lapinou =My bunny
18- Mon Minou = My kitty
19- Mon poussin = My chick (as in baby chick)
20-Mon biquet = My lamb
EXAMPLE: Tu est mon petit trognon = You are my little apple core (my aunt said my grandfather used to call her this when she was a child).
French Terms Of Endearment 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 Petitou= My little everything (shortened from “petit tout” for boys)
22- Mon Titou= My little boy (difficult to explain-derived from petittou above.
24- Mon petit chou= My little cabbage
25- Mon beau= My handsome
26- Mon petit loup = My little wolf
27- Mon nounours = My teddy bear or plushy
28- Mon Poulet = My chicken
29- Mon râleur = My grumpy or complainer
30- Mon homme = My man
30- Mon loulou = My Pomeranian ( cute, cuddly and carried around)
31- Mon Vieux = My old one (but closer to “big guy” in meaning)
32- Mon pétard = Idiomatically can mean my sweetie but literally means my gun or my joint.
33- Mon tendre= My tenderness
34- Mon Bibou= Means something like “smoopy poop”
35- Mon Roudoudou = This used to be the name of a candy eaten out of a shell made of plastic.
36- Mon petit monstre = My little monster (great for the kids)
37- Mon vilain = My naughty one (another good one for the kids)
38- Mon ours = My bear
39- Mon petit caneton = My little duckling
40- Mon Bonhomme = My good man but also means snowman
Viens içi mon vieux = Come here big guy but literally mean “my old”
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.
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 the 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 poupette = derived from poupée, my dolly
55- Ma princesse= My princess
56- Ma tigresse = My tigress
57- Mon papillon = My butterfly
58- Ma Perle = My pearl
59- Mon bijou= My jewel
60- Ma belle = My pretty like the Beatles song “Michelle, ma belle”
61- Ma bohême = My bohemian
62- Ma râleuse = My grumpy or my complainer
63- Ma bibiche = derived from biche
64- Ma biche = My doe, as in do a dear
65- Ma bichette = derived from doe as in dear.
66- Ma coccinelles = My ladybug
67- Louloute= Derived from the word loup (wolf)
68-Ma colombe= My dove
Elle est ma petite poupette: she is my little doll.
French Terms Of Endearment That Can Be Used Romantically Or 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 your boyfriend.
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
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 préféré = My preferred one
88 -Mon rayon de soleil = MY ray of sunshine
89 -Mon rêve = My dream
90 -Mon souffle = My breath
91 -Mon prince = My prince
92 -Mon roméo = My Romeo
93 -Mon superman = My Superman
94 -Mon étoile = My star
95 -Ma raison de vivre = My reason for living
EXAMPLE: Elle est mon rayon de soleil = She is my ray of sunshine
Odd, unusual, unflattering or outdated French Terms Of Endearment
Not all pet names are created equal. Here are a few that are outdated or old fashioned. You probably don’t want to call anyone you’re romantically involved with one of these.
96- Ma grande (for woman) mon grand (for man) =
97 – Ma Grosse = My fat one
98- Mamounette or Mamoune= This is like calling someone your mommy.
99- Mon papounet = this is like calling someone daddy or daddy’O
100-Maman or papa = self-explanatory
101- Mon Pépère = Old Guy, fella, big guy
There you have it mes chers. There are probably 100’s more French terms of endearment that I could have included, but these should take you a while to memorize.