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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.

102 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!

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