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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.

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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.

68 COMMENTS

  1. Okay so today I was at school and (the guy)Colton he was making fun of people and calling them dumb and stupid so I tell him to stop and then he says “you know what I’m going to call you kid” so then I say “then I shall call you toddler what does this mean??!!?!

    • It sounds as though this person has decided that he wants to treat the people in his life in a poor manner. There is no reason to continue to focus your emotional energy on this person. Allow his actions to influence you in a positive direction. Treat everyone in your life with kindness and compassion. If he abuses someone in the future, then support that person with your words and actions. Have a great day, Adalyn!

      • So there are a lot of people that call me marijuana cause my name is Mariana but there are 2 boys at my middle school tha call me marinara and I was wondering if this is a sign that we are just friends but I’m not sure. Kenyon said that I was hot and spicy so… What does this mean?

        • It is certainly possible that these boys are interested in developing a relationship. It is likely that Kenyon is attracted to you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Mariana!

  2. So… What does it mean if a guy (known since elementary school, I’m in high school, but started talking to the last 3 weeks) gives you the nickname “Thiccie”? We are friends at the moment and he always tells me that I am thicc (I know I’m not tho). I’m rlly confused.

    • It is likely that he is physically attracted to you. He may want to develop a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Natasha!

  3. Okay so my crush I’ve known for a pretty long time, he calls me (my b or my g) and he some times calls me by my initials too! What does this mean because I have a feeling he likes me too but he’s just super shy.

    • It is likely that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Emma!

  4. Does he like me if he gave me a silly nickname because I say a word differently than he does. He also looks at me lots in class so I’m confused .

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Lily!

  5. Ok so what if you have a friend (you only see in class) and he starts calling you “cat”. I thought it was because of my love for the animal but then he started calling me “kitty” or “kit-kat” always saying it super sweet. He does not seem to have nicknamesex for anyone else. What does this mean

      • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Madalyn!

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Madalyn!

  6. He hasn’t been my friend for long but I’ve had this hunch ever since I met him that he likes me. And everyday it gets more confusing because I’m positive he likes me but doesn’t want to make a move. What should I do ?

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Amethyst!

  7. There’s this guy that I’ve know since the beinging of high school it’s been two years now and we’re hanging out more now but he started calling me Jedi and every time, when I ask why he says it’s an inside joke between him and his friend

    • It is possible that this inside joke is due to their knowledge of Star Wars. Regardless, you may find benefit in speaking directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Explain that you would like to know why he is calling you by that nickname. It is possible that his reason is because of his desire to establish a relationship with you. Have a great day, Jade!

    • This may be due to a variety of influences. It is clear this person has a strong emotional connection with you. Continue to spend time with him in person, as this will strengthen your relationship. Have a great day, Miracle!

  8. There’s this guy at work I met in late October. I’ve spoken to him more then anyone else I’ve met at work ( I joined recently), and he’s now given me the nick name “L” short for Louise as a little inside joke as I tend to call people the first letter of their name in text, and he says he does it to annoy me. Though he hasn’t made any significant move, and I know he’s shown interest in other girls at work who are older then me (as he is 4 years my senior). I’m not too sure what it all means.

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Lozza!

  9. We have a class together and sometimes he would look at me and today he said come here and then asked me to help him and he called me Cheeto head becomes my hair is red and I have a crush on him does he like me back

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Rianna!

  10. This guy in my school he helps me with math alot. He calls me niggra,sherlock,retard😂😂😂 but he also calls me by my last name A LOT

    • He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. He may have difficulty sharing this thoughts and feelings with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Bethzy!

  11. Okay, so I have a crush on this guy. I don’t have any classes with him but he sometimes makes the effort to come talk to me for a few minutes in the morning or at lunch. So, I used to eat poptarts every morning so he started calling me pop tart. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but I don’t really eat poptarts anymore and nobody else calls me that anymore but he still does. What does this mean?

    • It is possible that he is interested in a developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Anon!

    • It is possible that he has determined that he likes that nickname. Determine if you believe that the nickname is appropriate. It is always best to be direct and honest about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Gg!

  12. Okay I take this guy’s fitness classes regularly every week. We’ve talked before and after classes about many things. Including my love to Bachata dancing. He is Latino, and has joked around to other that I’m also part Latina because i am learning Spanish. He has never addressed me by my first name. We’ve know each other for two months. then the other night he and I went out with a huge Group of friends and when he was introducing someone to everyone one at the table he looked at me and told the person my name was Santo Domingo. It made me laugh and actually wouldn’t mind if he continued to call me that.

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. If you like the nickname, then let him know. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Zoe!

  13. So the guy i like flirts a lot i dont mind. Iv known him for over two years. Today he told me in front of an older women. My nick name for you is short cake. And he smiles. So him n i were calling eachother that. But as another women came in the room he goes hi beautiful where have you been. And kept looking back to see were i was. Whats going on there??

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that he enjoys having friendly relationships with numerous people. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Meg!

  14. I’ve known this guy for over 10 years, recently became good friends in the last 2 years. He calls me funny little names like nugget, pickle,Brandywine and many others. Then he randomly puts the nickname in a little poem over a text. Not really sure what he’s thinking.

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is likely that he feels an emotional connection with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Brandy!

  15. So my classmate calls me vegan and everytime he has an opportunity to point out that I m vegan he takes it and pokes fun at me. He found out about my lifestyle a few months ago and now he loves saying stuff like “man, I could never go vegan, meat is so delicious” and then watches my reaction which I think it gives him great satisfaction. He made a few sexual jokes about me being a vegan and I’m not sure if he likes me or just likes my reactions where I just sit there annoyed at how childish he is. I don’t really say much cause I know he just likes taking the piss. We’ve known each other for two years now and in the first year I think he made an attempt to ask me out, indirectly. (He was asking me a bunch of questions and was bragging about the night clubs we have in our city. One of his friends threw a hint saying out loud that he likes “short white girls”. I never really went for it so it kinda ended in an awkward way. My questions are is he poking fun at me (sometimes he’s mean and I’m not sure if he’s like that on purpose) because he likes me or he just likes doing it because he s bored or because I rejected him in a silent way?

    • It is possible that he is or was interested in developing a relationship with you. It is possible that he is unsure of how to express his feelings. He decided to treat you in an unusual and immature manner. Since you are not interested in developing a relationship with him, simply continue to share your kindness and compassion with him. Have a great day, Mara!

  16. He calls me “Nom” after he saw me eating with my mouth full. I won’t say its irritating but its kinda weird cause he’s my boss!

    • Determine what you think is appropriate. If you do not want him to address you with a nickname, then be direct about your feelings. If it does not bother you, then allow your thoughts to drift elsewhere. Have a great day, Kelly!

  17. So I have a crush on this guy named Jacob,he calls me Miche. I think it’se pretty cute to call me half of my name lol.What does this mean?

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. It is clear that he feels a social and emotional connection with you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Michelle!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. Okay, so my guy friend and I have known each other for over 3 years and nothing happened between until now. He used to be shy and quiet only around me back then but a few days ago, he called a nickname “boss lady” and he never even calls me that until now. I’m so used to him calling me my first name, it’s weirding me out 😅

    • It is possible that his feelings for you have grown. He may be interested in developing a relationship with you. He may feel that it is appropriate to give you a nickname. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. You will find benefit in spending additional time with him. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an chance to share himself as well. Have a great day, Mikayla!

      • Really? He has been becoming more open towards me and starting to become comfortable around me, which is good before I wanted him to relax instead of acting very shy. He hangs around other females easily but now, he just asked me if I wanted to hangout about 2 weeks ago and usually I initiate with him.

        • It sounds like you have developed a strong relationship with him. You are aware that you can make whatever decision you believe is appropriate. Spend additional time with him and your relationship will strengthen. Have a great day, Mikayla!

  25. There was this guy whose a bit close to me. Were friends in silent. He gave me a nickname “You”. I really don’t know what does it mean but then I was wondering if it’s positive or not.

    • His nickname may be a reflection of various social and emotional feelings that he has toward you. You are not pleased with the name, as you are uncertain of his purpose. It is likely a sign that he is interested in you. However, speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Perhaps share a nickname that you would prefer, or give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Chai!

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