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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.

128 COMMENTS

  1. hey this guy who is quite close friends with me keeps calling me “sqeaker” he just likes to see my reaction he likes seeing me laughing and fake getting mad lol. he hasn’t called any other girl that he is friends with a nickname. he knows i like him but he says he doesn’t like me back. but he flirts and by including this nickname. my friends and other people think he has a crush on me and someone told me that he told them that he likes me but is scared to admit. but why be scared if he knows i like him? it’s so confusing!!! he sometimes calls me “gracie” which is sweet. we have a lot of banta as well i feel like he likes me but some reason he won’t admit, what is your thoughts?

    • His behaviors may be reflections of his thoughts and feelings toward you. He may be interested in maintaining a relationship at this time. He has informed you that he doesn’t want to maintain a relationship, but he may he uncertain or confused about his desires. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Grace!

    • His nicknames are indications that he feels a strong social relationship with you. He clearly thinks that you are intelligent. He may be interested in maintaining an emotional relationship with you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Hanah!

  2. One of my guy friends calls me “biscuits” and he smiles at me a lot and tries to make me laugh. I have been starting to like him more and more, we have a class together and that is when he tries to talk to me sometimes. he also tries to catch me as i am walking home to talk to me, What does this mean?

    • His behaviors may be indications that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish your relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Destiny!

  3. Ok, a guy I’ve seen a lot but barely know gave me a nickname. We see each other like twice a year at camps. One time we played a game called mafia, a huge group activity. I was one of the three mafias. We won epically. Its talked about as one of the best games ever in every camp after that one. Since then, one of the guys who had no idea I was the mafia, and he lost, has called me mafia ever since, like he goes “hey mafia!” Whenever he sees me. But in a fun way. He doesn’t call me by my name in conversations anymore but just says mafia instead. He’s a really nice guy who talks to everyone and is very chill. Is he saying it in a brotherly way? He’s a really friendly guy so it could just be that

    • The two of you share a strong social relationship and history. This nickname is an indication that he feels a connection with you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Cecelia!

  4. My crush has out of no where started calling me a nick name idk why and its confusing me.. he calls me it when i look sad because he knows it makes me smile,yet infront od his friends he still calls me it. Then his friends make faces and everbody keeps saying we’d be cute together HIS friends to be exact.im very confused

    • Your crush’s behaviors are indications that he may have feelings for you. His friends seem to think that the two of you would go well together. This means that they are aware of his feelings for you. Determine what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Ellie!

  5. My crush asks me what other nicknames I want to be called and I said princess he said sure helll will call me that and this all happend today because I saved his life and wev’e been friends for 8 months now and he starting to text me first and things like that and are texts are super comfortable and different than before.

    • The two of you share a strong social and emotional connection. The said that you saved his life, so this likely caused him to feel that your connection has grown. The two of you are speaking more now. Nourish your relationship with your partner by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Elizabeth!

    • Your crush has chosen to give you many nicknames. This is a manifestation of his social and emotional connection with you. He may be interested in maintaining a relationship with you. Take this time to determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Lana!

  6. Soooo I’m confused. Recently a boy has started to call me Carolina because I’m from there, and I can’t tell if it’s flirty or just because he is being a tease. He has always been super sweet to me, invinting me to practice basketball with him and his friends at lunch, giving me heads up if some nasty rumor has randomly popped up. He’s done all of this, but really enjoys teasing me and other girls. The difference is that he won’t let his friends tease me, but other girls he will let them. Again I don’t know if it’s because he likes me or because we are friends. And I don’t know if that nickname is meant to be flirty or not. Help plz.

    • His nickname likely is a way for him to show you that he cares about you. He clearly likes you, and he may be interested in nourishing a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an chance to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Meredith!

  7. A boy that’s in one of my classes is calling me “catnip” because I wear cat headbands. I’ve only known him for about a few weeks since he’s in a group project with me. What does this mean??

    • His behaviors are indications that he may be interested in developing a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Arianna!

  8. Hi! So this is kind of long. I like this person that I claim to “hate”. He is in 8th grade and i’m in 6th. We have a class together and all. What I’m trying to figure out is what he feels/thinks about me. I told my friends this and they said that he thinks of me as a little sister. It is a possibility though. He calls me a nickname, annoys me, irritates me, and does stupid things that are cute. My question is how do I find out what he feels about me and how I can tell him that I like him.

    • You claim to hate this person even though you like him. You should not behave in this manner, as this will make him feel uncertain about your feelings for him. Your friends have informed you that he views you as a sister, which means that he feels a strong social connection with you. He may or may not be interested in maintaining a romantic relationship with you. Determine what you want for your future, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Priya!

  9. So, I knew this guy but we don’t talk, I am kinda scared to talk to him or look into his eyes. Obviously, I like him because he is funny, friendly type of guy. I have this guts that he likes me, I believed that but part of me saying he doesn’t, which makes me confuse! guys are confusing! Anyways, when we talk like a normal people, for the first time. He starts to call me names, like other people’s name. He knows my name but he prefer to call me something else like Anastacia, Anastasia or tacia, like that because I looked like her. I searched it up what and who he meant and I got no clues! I asked him and he doesn’t get what I meant, it’s because I don’t know which tacia he’s talking about!

    • The two of you share a social relationship. It is possible that he is interested in maintaining a relationship with you. He may be uncertain or confused about your feelings toward him. Make a decision about what you want for your future. Speak with your crush about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Erianthe!

  10. My crush calls me “mom” and my best friend “dad” because once my friend asked who he liked and he said my mom and then like months later I was freaking out and he said mom chill and now he calls me mom and I call him carrot. Does he like me? Also, he asked me to make a bracelet for him and when I sent him a picture he said it was perfect. But before I started I was asking what colors and he said “just do your best and that will be good :)”

    • The two of you share a strong social and emotional connection. He clearly thinks highly of you. He may be interested in maintaining a romantic relationship with you. Determine what you want for your future. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. If you want to date him, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Mom!

  11. we met online and we have fun all the time and he calls me mi amour and he nicknamed me porky and he makes me laugh and will just message me the nickname porky does that mean he is thinking about me, He is just amazing and funny. What is your honest opinion he does not like to show his feelings but i am opening up hi heart

    • His behaviors are indications that he feels a strong social relationship with you. It is certianly possible that he is interested in maintaining a romantic relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Spend additional time with him in person, as this will nourish your relationship. Have a great day, Joanne!

    • His behaviors are indications that he feels a strong social relationship with you. It is certianly possible that he is interested in maintaining a romantic relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Spend additional time with him in person, as this will nourish your relationship. Have a great day, Joanne!

  12. This guy that I like flirts with me and everything and I told him that I like him but he said we are just friends but called me by the nickname he gave me. Is he into me or is he not?

    • He is flirting with you, which is likely an indication that he is attracted to you and feels a strong connection with you. You spoke with him about your thoughts and feelings, and he informed you that he wants to be just friends with you. It is possible that his feelings will grow for you over time. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. If you feel that it would be appropriate for you to speak with him about your thoughts and feelings at a later date, then do so. Have a great day, Jo!

  13. So i barely know this guy. He is from another country, and we met before I left to my country. We’ve been texting since then but when I tell him that I’ll gladly help him with his grammar since then he’s been calling me teacher. Is he just been nice or flirty?

    • It is possible that he is interested in being your friend, learning the language, or flirting with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Determine what you believe is viable and appropriate in regards to your relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Ann!

  14. So I’m really close friends with this guy who goes to my school and a few days ago while we were texting and talking about a show we both liked he called me bugaboo and it kinda sudden since he’s never really given me a cute nickname because he usually only calls me by my name

    • His nickname may be an indication of his growing feelings for you. The two of you are nourishing this relationship. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate and viable for this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Gabby!

  15. So my best guy friend has two cute nicknames for me the first one is he calls me his queen and he’s been doing this for a while but this new one just came a few days ago while we were texting and talking about a tv show we both like and all of a sudden he called me bugaboo

    • His nickname may be an indication of his growing feelings for you. The two of you are nourishing this relationship. Make a decision about what you feel is appropriate and viable for this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time with him in person. Have a great day, Gabby!

  16. My crush calls me lil bean and teases me sometimes. He likes to show of his art and talks to me once in a while. He seems to try to make me laugh but sometimes doesn’t work.. abt a week ago I found out my cat has cancer, he told me “you know I’m here for you if u want/need to talk to me”

    • The two of you share a strong social relationship. It seems that he is interested in caring for you. He is interested in being supportive to you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Gray!

  17. so, i have been in a friendship with my bro’s friend. its like for 2 years. he always gives me a weird nickname like “nugget” and “lucky nickle”. he always say “im always here if you want to talk/call”. but somehow, he leave my messages for like two days or sometimes 4 weeks. what should i do😩

    • His behaviors seem to be indications that he is attracted to you. The two of you share a strong social relationship, and it is certainly possible that he wants to maintain an emotional relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for your future, and speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Nourish this relationship by spending additional time together in person. Have a great day, Anne!

  18. School just started and in the first full week of school, i think I developed a crush around him. i tried to convince myself I didn’t but then i gave in. He talks to me in gym and seems nice, and then out of nowhere he starts calling me tiny. Apparently it’s because im shorter than him. On the same day, my friend who’s a boy texted me and said that he has a weird feeling about him, he also said that he’s kinda rude to the boys but nice to the girls and gives some of them nicknames. What does that mean? 🙁

    • You have developed a crush on this person, and the two of you spend time together in gym class. Your male friend is aware of the actions of your crush. It is likely that he is telling you the truth, and it is possible that he is interested in protecting you. This is a sign that he cares about you. He may feel that your relationship will be strained if you maintain a relationship with your crush. Determine what you want for your future, and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Evie!

  19. Also, sometimes when im walking down the hall to go to the bus, he just walks next to me and starts talking about his life or just random things

    • You have developed a crush on this person, and the two of you spend time together in gym class. Your male friend is aware of the actions of your crush. It is likely that he is telling you the truth, and it is possible that he is interested in protecting you. This is a sign that he cares about you. He may feel that your relationship will be strained if you maintain a relationship with your crush. Determine what you want for your future, and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Evie!

  20. My crush recently started calling me Ravy. My name is Raven and we have known each other for almost 6 years. He’s about 8 years older than me and I think he knows I’ve always had some sort of crush on him through the years. I can talk to him about anything and he’s very supportive and tries to give me inspiration when I’m down.

    • He may just feel like you are really good friends now, or he may like you. It is really hard to tell why someone gives you a nickname unless the nickname is super obvious (for example, nicknames like “sexy”). If you like him, make a move and see what happens. Otherwise, continue your friendship like nothing has changed.

  21. my crush keeps calling me ” sister ” and i also call him ” brother “, he’s the first one who calls me that and he keeps calling me like that, is that a sign that he likes me?

    • While it is possible he likes you, he may also be trying to subtly tell you that he only sees you as a sister. I wouldn’t assume that he likes you just by his use of those terms.

  22. Okay so today I was walking to class with my friend Zuri and then my friend Alex came up and started walking with us and when he saw me he called me a goddess which I found cute but also a little strange because he’s never given me a nickname before he usually only calls me by my name when he’s talking directly to me although he did say he used have a crush on me when we were in middle school and we’re in high school now so I’m wondering could his crush on me be coming back

    • His nickname for you is a clear sign that he is interested in you. It seems that you should make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. If you decide to nourish this relationship, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings.

  23. Umm.. Ok so my situation is kinda werid so I found out about a week ago that the boy I like had a crush on me last year, and lately he has been inviting me to the home games at our school and just today out of no where he called me Kate when my real name is Katie. I could tell he did it on purpose cause of the look on his face. I’ve know him for around a year and a half now. I’m not sure if he still likes me though..

    • It definitely sounds possible that he likes you. Why don’t you try talking to him more? It can be intimidating to make a move on someone, so talking to him more will give him more opportunities to talk to you. If you are feeling particularly brave, you can always make a move and see how things turn out as well. Good luck!

  24. My situation is strange but, I’ve known this guy since 5th grade and well this week he gave me the nickname “golden potato.” Because of my hair and he sits by me in most of my classes, I don’t know if he likes me in just confused and also his friends say that he might have a crush on me but I’m just unsure on what to do.

    • If his friends think he has a crush on you, they are probably right. People often share more with their friends than they would share with other people. Judging by his other behaviors, it seems more likely than not that he is interested in you. Now, you just have to decide what you want to do about this. Are you ready to make a move?

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