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What Does It Mean When A Guy Gives You A Nickname?

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A nickname is described as a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name. We all have had one at some point in our lives. Well, most of us anyways. Sometimes we are gifted them because we do something amazing. Other times people give them to us because we do something super embarrassing and they don’t seem to want to let us live it down. Whatever the reason may be, we always kind of grow fond of our nicknames at some point and we kind of understand where they came from. However, things can get confusing when a guy gives you a nickname.

As exciting as it may be that he is just giving you some attention for once in your life, you may find yourself a little stifled when he throws a nickname at you out of nowhere.

You are probably panicking and thinking, ‘Is this good? Is it bad? What does it mean!?’

Stop worrying so much, because we may just have the answers you are looking for right this moment!

We will guide you through this whole debacle and hopefully help you come to a conclusion as to why he gave you your nickname and if you should really be in a panic or not.

The first thing that you have to do is think about the relationship between you and him. Are you two just friends, are you good friends or are you bordering on lovers? Do you barely know him? You have to pay attention also to the amount of time that the two of you having been spending together. Really start thinking hard and try to completely evaluate the length and strength of your relationship with him. Who is he to you? When did the two of you first meet?

The reason that you should be critically thinking about these details is because the time that you have known each other will actually matter when it comes to him giving you a nickname.



If the two of you have just met then you should definitely be wary about him giving you a nickname so soon. Yes, guys are all about nicknames. It seems that practically everyone they hang around has a nickname and they also seem to always have one for him. Sometimes they even have several different ones depending on the quantity of friends they have. However, if you just met him and he has given you a nickname, it probably is one that is slightly taunting in some way.

Sometimes, very rarely, when you just meet he may give you a nickname as a flirt tactic. But most of the time a guy will not want to blow his shot with a girl by giving her a silly nickname. Not everyone is a fan of nicknames, especially women that you don’t know, right? So it is highly unlikely that he will give you a nickname that indicates he likes you so early into knowing you. That isn’t to say it doesn’t happen sometimes. So, you just have to think about the context it was given to you in. Had you just done something dorky? If so, he may be giving you the nickname in a good way. Him poking a little fun at something harmless that you had done is a great flirt tactic. Had you just done something really, really embarrassing? Maybe something that you don’t want to talk about ever again? If so, he is probably saying it with some sort of  negative connotation. Someone you just met will not taunt you about something that makes you feel bad if they like you.   

Have the two of you known each other a long time? If so, there is great probability that he is saying it with positive connotation. If you two have been friends for a while and the nickname comes out of nowhere, it usually means that he is starting to grow feelings for you. Especially if it is something cute and extremely positive. He may call you something like Buttercup or Princess. If you two have known each other a long time and he gives you a nickname related to an incident, like you tripped over something or you barfed too much at the bar last weekend, then it is probably more of a friendly nickname than a romantic one.

Now it is time to think about whether or not your nickname actually relates to you. Does it have any meaning to you at all or did he just seem to pull it out of thin air? You should be cautious if the nickname doesn’t make any sense. He may be just goofing around with you. He may not like you at all, but he certainly doesn’t have any disdain for you either. Is your nickname based on your last name or a variation of your first name?  If so, he probably just thinks of you as a friend.

Those are all of the things you should consider when figuring out what it means when a guy gives you a nickname! Good luck.

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  1. Hey! My question: I’ve been crushing on “J.J.” for 2 years and we’re pretty good friends. He’s never called me by any nicknames, but he started calling me Fruit Cake today. I don’t know if he likes me back or Not? He’s also friendzoned me before and his actions at times confuse me. Help!

    • The two of you share a strong emotional connection. It is possible that he wants to continue your friendship. He may want to develop a romantic relationship with you. He may be confused or uncertain about his feelings. Spend additional time with him, as this will strengthen your relationship. If you want to date him and you feel it would be appropriate to ask him out, then speak with him. Have a great day, Rei!

  2. i like this boy aidan we have only known eachother since september and he has called me shananogan since we first met is it a good or bad thing??? it is probably obvious but im dull 😂

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He feels a social and emotional connection with you. The use of a nickname is a sign of closeness. Determine what you would like to see for the future of this relationship. You may want to speak with him about your ideas for nicknames for him. Have a great day, Shannon!

  3. so there’s this Guy iknow from school, but we arent close or anything. Not so long ago he found out my official name, then he started calling me by a nickname that’s short for my official birth name. One time on social media and at a party that we were at he said it a few times (we weren’t rlly talking there tho). I was wondering what does this nickname mean?

    • It is likely that he is interested in maintaining a relationship with you. He feels comfortable with you and wants to address you by a personal nickname. He may be a friendly person who wants you to feel positively. Determine what you want for this relationship. If you want to develop a relationship with him, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Pien!

  4. So I like this guy named Allan… Really sweet. He gave me bunny as a nickname.. Which he calls me at times… Later.. He tells me how he feels about me. I also told him…. But seems there’s this other girl he had in mind.. We spent a long time without talking.. Later I receive a call from him, surprisingly ..so right now.. I don’t know if we are talking so well. Don’t know what to think…. Coz I love him…. Tell me what to do .i need to know where I lie

    • It seems like he might just view you as a friend for now. It seems like he is attracted to you on some level, but he wants to try out a relationship with this other girl before he does anything else. This is never easy to go through, but all you can really do is wait and hope for the best.

      • Alright.. It’s even more confusing… He tells me how he wants me to be around him.. Now am abit far from him now.. Video calls me almost everyday… I’m scared to ask him about that other girl…

        • He is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. He may view you as a friend or he may want to develop a romantic relationship with you. It does not sound as though the two of you are in an exclusive relationship. If you want to be in one, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him a chance to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Cathy!

          • OK… So he also told me that this other girl has been off for two weeks now.. And he’s been trying to get to her but she doesn’t respond.. Am actually wondering why he told me about it..

          • He is sharing his thoughts and feelings with you. He feels comfortable with your and is sharing his emotions. If you are interested in developing a relationship with him, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. If not, then support him by sharing your kindness and compassion with him. Have a great day, Cathy!

  5. So the person I like use to know that I have feelings for him but about 2 months ago he asked me if I still liked him and I lied and said no. He says he doesn’t like me but he only calls me by my last name or “Salty” cause he says that I am salty about everything. I don’t really know what to think of this. He also texts me first almost every day and he will talk to me about pretty much anything for hours. I honestly have no idea if he doesn’t like me or if he actually has feelings for me.

    • He may be confused or uncertain because you said that you are not interested in nourishing a relationship with him. He may feel as though your behaviors are indications that you want to develop a relationship with him, but your words indicate that you do not. He is respecting your feelings, but may be having trouble keeping his mind to himself. Determine what you want for your future and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Angelica!

  6. so one of my guy friends just got out of a relationship a few weeks ago but i’ve been getting a different vibe from him recently like we’ve been texting like 24/7 and he’s been calling me pretty and going out if his way to walk me to class and just recently he started calling me a nickname that he himself said was the “most adorable nickname ever” and idk what this all means.

    • His relationship has ended. It is certainly possible that he was interested in developing a relationship with you during that time. It is likely that the two of you share a strong emotional and social connection. He may be interested in nourishing a relationship with you now. Determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Ashley!

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