15 Nicknames for Husbands from Real Brides

You hardly ever call your S.O. by his real name

Updated 06/18/19

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When it comes to your significant other, chances are good you rarely ever call him by his real name. You probably have sweet nicknames for your husband that you've been using for as long as you can remember. From the totally timeless to the trendy and new school, here are some of the best nicknames for husbands according to real brides.

1. Babe

You can't go wrong with this staple, adored by both wives and hubbies alike.

"We have the same nickname for each other: 'babe.' I only use his government name when I'm mad." * — Tatiana*

"I really only call my husband 'babe.' He calls me 'babe' as well." * — Randi*

2. Baby

"Baby" is another go-to nickname that will stick even after you have kids.

"Mostly 'baby.' We've both done it so long that it's almost the other person's name." * — Ashley*

"Baby. It's the only nickname that's really consistent."* — Natasha*

3. Honey

"Honey" is perhaps the most popular pet name in the history of pet names.

"Nine times out of 10 I call him 'honey.''"* — Kay*

"I pretty much strictly refer to my husband as' honey' so he's used to it now."* — Karen*

4. Honey Bunny

"Honey bunny" is an affectionate twist on the always-on trend "honey."

"One day, I started calling my fiancé 'honey bunny.' I don't know why, it rhymes and just rolls off the tongue so easily! He was embarrassed at first, but now we call each other that when we need a good laugh."* — Crystal*

"I call him my 'honey bunny' because he is very sweet to me and because I love cuddling with him." * — Dianne*

5. Bear

"Bear" is the perfect nickname for a big, cuddly, manly-man of a husband.

"I call my fiancé my bear. He has broad shoulders and a handsomely thick beard. He looks like a bear and he gives the best bear hugs ever!"* — Melissa*

"I call him 'osito', Spanish for 'little bear.'" * — Robyn*

6. Pumpkin

"Pumpkin" is definitely one of the cutest nicknames for husbands out there.

"Dear' or 'babe' when we're alone, 'pumpkin' when we're around people."* — Jeni*

"We use pumpkin face or pumpkin head a lot! Silly, I know, but it works."* — Sam*

7. Nugget

We might have Chelsea Handler to thank for this lil' nugget of a nickname!

"'Nug' or 'nugget.' I'm not exactly sure how it started but even our friends know that's what we call each other."* — Elise*

"'Nugget', but only in private or else he'd kill me!"* — Liz*

8. Boo

He'll always be your boo, right?

"We call each other the usual ones like 'babe' and 'baby' but also 'boo' and 'booboo.'"* — Mandi *

"'Boo boo', which is funny because that's the nickname we use for my cat too."* — Bri*

9. Sweetheart

Another tried-and-true classic, and it comes complete with variations on a theme: sweetie, sweets, sweetness, etc.

"Sweetheart and sweetie are literally the only nicknames for my husband I'll use. Everything else just feels unnatural!" * — Kristi*

10. Penguin

A penguin is one of the cutest animals ever, so it's absolutely fitting that your husband be called a penguin!

"I call him 'Penguin' because penguins love each other forever. They choose their mates, and mate for life." — Sarah

11. Goat

This is one of those insider nicknames that only the couple understands.

"I call my husband Brandon 'goat, 'but it really is an acronym. G.O.A.T.: greatest of all time." — Amber

12. Snuggle

"One day I told my husband Greg that he was the best snuggler ever. And then he said I was the best snuggler ever. And for the last four years, I've called him 'my snuggle.' — Bekah

13. Sugar

If your husband is as sweet as sugar, this nickname makes perfect sense!

"I've always called him sugar. Sometimes I take it a step further and call him 'sweet sugar honey man.' It's tongue in cheek, but he loves it.' — Marilyn

14. Snookums: An endearing favorite that was around long before. Snooki. took MTV by storm

"We call each other 'snooks', which is short for 'snookums.' My husband initially heard me calling my niece 'snooks' because she was upset about something and he started calling me that as well."* — Rachel*

-"Snook snook. Or 'snookels.' I don't know why."* — Ericka*

15. Butt: Who would have thought that the word butt could be used so creatively and as a term of endearment?

"We're pretty crass toward each other, so my favorite nickname for him is 'boogerbutt.'"* — Alix*

"Ours are hilarious, especially when I accidentally call him by them in front of other people: lovely buns, Mr. Bun and squishbutt."* — Taylor*

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