101 Cute, Romantic & Unique French Terms Of Endearment For Him And Her

Cute, sexy & quirky French Terms of Endearment
Hello mes chérs amis! 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 choose one of these popular cute or romantic French terms of endearment and pet names that the French love to use.

The French language has a lot of cute, romantic, quirky and even 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".

I asked my French Friends and searched the internet for the most useful, interesting, quirky and offbeat French terms of endearment then rounded them all up here in organized little groups so you can easily find the one you need for your sweety pie. 

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101 Cute, Quirky, Common and Romantic French Terms of Endearment

HOW TO USE this list of 101 French terms of endearment everyday:

Simply replace someones name with one of the French terms of endearment on this list. For example: 

In stead of saying "come here Annie". You can say **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..

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Top 10 most common or popular French terms of endearment

I consider the following 10 terms of endearment to be the most common. 

You can use these for your boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, husband, wife and maybe a very close friend. They all generally have the same meaning as "honey", "sweetie" or "darling". I personally wouldn't use these on your parents or co-workers. 

1.) Mon Chou

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 tresure

8.) Ma Chèrie  
     Mon Chèr

My darling (Ma Chèrie:say to woman),(Mon Chèr:say to man)

9.) Ma chère
     Mon chèr

More formal than ma chèrie (say to woman Ma Chère),(say to man Mon Chèr)

10.) Ma puce

My flea

EXAMPLES:

Bonjour mon trèsor. = Hello my treasure.

Je t'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?

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French Terms Of Endearment
TO USE ON: HIM, HER or THE KIDS

Not as popular and less common than the top 10 pet names I listed above but still used to mean 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, candy cane

19.)  Mon trognon

My apple core or fruit core

20.)  Mamours

contraction of "mon amour" to mean "my love"

EXAMPLE

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 you can call your boyfriend or husband but also your son's. My favourite in this list 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 lutin

My elf

32.) Mon vieux

My old one (closer to big guy in meaning)

33.) Mon Bébé d'amour

My love baby

34.) Mon Bibou

Means nothing like "smoopy poop"

35.) Mon tigre

My tiger

36.) Mon petit monstre

My little monstre (great for the kids)

37.) Mon vilain

My naughty one (another good one for the kids)

EXAMPLE

Viens içi mon vieux=  Come here big guy

Regardez mon râleur= Look at my little complainer

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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

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

EXAMPLE

Elle est ma petite poupette: she is my little doll

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French Terms Of Endearment that can be used
romantically or affectionately

The French terms of endearment below can be used romantically or to refer to your kids in a very 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

EXAMPLE

Elle est mon rayon de soleil = She is my ray of sunshine

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WARNING!
French terms of endearment you may find
STRANGE or RISQUÉ

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK I

I saved the best or worst for last depending on how you look a 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 chérie

96.) Ma quequette

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

97.) Ma nénette

Ma Salope

Nénette can mean slut but can also mean chick, broad

Salope can also mean slut but here it can also mean "My Bitch"

98.) Ma chatte

Be careful! This means pussy cat 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 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. 

LA FIN!

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. 

About the Author

Annie André Is a half Thai, half French Canadian/American freelance writer, digital marketer and author of THE LIVE IN FRANCE GUIDE: an expat travel and lifestyle blog featuring destination guides, inspiration, travel tips, personal advice and anecdotes on working, living and playing in France. ( Equal parts weird, wacky and wonderful).

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