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


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.


  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!


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