101 Cute, Romantic & Quirky French Terms Of Endearment For Your Sweetie Pie or Honey Bunny

101 french terms of endearment to use on your sweetie pie
Hello mes chérs amis! If you really want to impress your friends, make your sweetheart melt or embarass 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 choose one of these "French terms of endearment".

I asked my French Friends and searched the internet for the most useful, interesting and quirky French terms of endearment then rounded them all up here in organized little groups like: 10 most popular, obscure and sexual (skip to the end for these tee hee hee) and everything in between.

101 Cute, Quirky, Common and Romantic French terms of endearment

The French language has a lot of cute, romantic, quirky and raunchy terms of endearment and pet names. Some 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 translates to "MY CABBAGE" but means more or less "My Darling".

HOW TO USE this list of 101 French terms of endearment everyday: A simple way for you to use these is by simply replacing someones name with one of these 101 terms. 

    **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 may feel strange at first but will become second nature if you give it a chance..

1-10: TOP 10: Most popular French terms of endearment used in France

Classic and top terms of endearment most heard in France (In no particular order)

Say to men, women and children

Generally means honey, sweetie or darling

1  Mon chou

My cabbage but chou could be short for
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 tresure

8  -Ma Chèrie (say to woman),
    -Mon Chèr (say to man)

My darling

9  -Ma chèr (say to woman),
    -Mon chèr (say to man)

More formal than ma chèrie

10  -Ma puce

My flea

Example: Bonjour mon trèsor. = Hello my treasure.

Example: Je t'aime mon coeur.  I love you my heart (It's like saying I love you my darling).

11-66: French terms of endearment for him or her

Less common but still used to mean honey, sweetie, darling, shnookums etc.

Say to men, women and children

11  -Mon biquet

My lamb

12  -Mon canard

My duck

13  -Mon colibri

My hummingbird

14  -Mon lapin

My rabbit

15  -Mon Lapinou

comes from lapin; rabbit

16  -Mon Minou

My kitty

17  -Mon poussin

My chic (as in baby chicken)

18  -Mon sucre d'orge

My barley sugar, candy cane

19  -Mon trognon

My apple core or fruit core

20  -Mamour

contraction of mon or ma with amour "my love"

Example: Tu est mon petit trognon = You are my little apple core

Say to MEN or BOYS

Generally means honey, sweetie, darling, shnookums etc.

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

No translation

31  -Mon lutin

My elf

32  -Mon saucisson

My saussage

33  -Mon Bébé d'amour

My baby love

34  -Mon Bibou

Means nothing like "smoopy poop"

35  -Mon tigre

​My tiger

36  -Mon petit monstre

My little monstre

37  -Mon vilain

My naughty one

Example: Regardez mon râleur= Look at my little complainer


Generally means honey, sweetie, darling, shnookums etc.

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

50  -Ma lutine

My elf, or maybe pixie

51  -Ma pepette

My money

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

65  -Ma mie

not the crust but the soft white part of bread

66  -Ma poupette

derived from poupée, my dolly

67-94: Romantic & thoughtful French terms of endearment

27 Less common but still used terms of endearment for him or her

You are my daily pleasure, you are my desire and my happiness. These dreamy French terms of endearment can be used romantically or lovingly to a child: For instance, you are my star or my strength. 


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

Say to MEN

Generally means honey, sweetie, darling, shnookums etc.

92  -Mon prince

My prince

93  -Mon roméo

My romeo

94  -Mon superman

My superman

95-101: WARNING! French terms of endearmnt you may find


​I saved the best or worst for last
depending on how you look at it. 

95  -Ma crotte

Literally means my turd. Belgians use this 
to refer to their women, like Ma chérie

96 -Ma quequette

A childish or cute name for a penis, like willy. 
My girlfriend sometimes calls me this. weird right?

97  -Me nénette

My slut ( um yeah no comment!)

98  -Ma chatte

Be careful! This means pussy cat and it has the same double 
meaning in English "pussy". Nevertheless, I do know friends that use this term.

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 I
know 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 are probably 100's more French terms of endearment that I did not include but these should take you a while to memorize. 


About the Author

Annie André Is a half Thai, half French Canadian/American freelance writer, digital marketer and FOUNDER OF THE LIVE IN FRANCE GUIDE which features travel tips, food, festivals, photography and more from France. Annie currently lives in France with her husband and three children.

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