Skip to main content

You won’t believe what the most popular nicknames for baby boys are

Need an adorable name to call your little guy? Try one these nicknames for baby boys

A baby smiling while sitting up.
Pranav Kumar Jain / Unsplash

Your pet. Your partner. Your baby. You come up with a nickname for your favorite thing, no matter what it is. Sometimes they are the silliest names that make no sense to anyone but you. Maybe a word is mispronounced one time, and it sticks as a new name. With your little one, the second they make a funny little noise, they are dubbed “Little Squeaker” until after they go to college. Nicknames for baby boys are cute like that.

When it comes to your mini me, there are countless nicknames to call him. But have you wondered what other people call their precious little bundles? We looked up some of the most popular ways to reference your tiny human without ever using their real name. Check out our list of nicknames for baby boys and see if any will stick for your tiny tot.

Cute baby boy.
Gelpi / Shutterstock

What’s in a name, anyway?

  • Creates a cute bond
  • Freezes an adorable moment in time

Why do we give our kids dozens of nicknames throughout their life? It seems like any little thing they do we bestow upon them a new cute name. They get a nickname for any animal they start to imitate or any object they become obsessed with. If a baby doesn’t have at least a dozen nicknames from various family members, are they even loved?

Nicknames also come from various family members, like when a sibling doesn’t quite know how to pronounce the new one’s name yet. Nicknames for a baby are usually cute and affectionate.

As baby gets older and learns to talk, nicknames should start to be more thoughtful. If you wouldn’t want your adult nickname to be “Chunky Monkey” then it’s best to stop using that one on your baby as they grow up.

A baby playing outside surrounded by sports equipment.
Mike Cox / Unsplash

The usual suspects

Let’s face it, some nicknames are universal, and most baby boys get called the same ones. Whether you like them or not, someone in your family or a friend is going to gift one of these to your child. There’s no escaping certain nicknames if you have a baby boy.

The generic picks

  • Bubba/Bubs
  • Buddy
  • Guy/My Guy
  • Mister
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweet Boy
  • Kid/Kiddo

Put “little” in front of any option

  • Little Man
  • Little Guy
  • Little Stinker
  • Little Buddy
  • Little Prince
  • Little Slugger
  • Little Dude

Put “baby” in front of any option

  • Baby Boy
  • Baby Bear
  • Baby Cheeks
  • Baby Face
  • Baby Bug

Some of the most common nicknames take “little” or “baby” and put it in front of almost any word. Those are probably going to continue to be used as they get older, but dropping that “little” or “baby.” Your baby boy will be “Little Slugger” and evolve into “Slugger” as he grows up. These names are safe, easy, common, and always there.

Baby boy wearing a blue knitted cap.
Pshenina_m / Shutterstock

Nicknames to boost the ego

These nicknames are not only popular, but they will give your little man a little ego boost. Of course, every baby is the most beautiful, precious thing on the planet. Ideas that home in on what the parent thinks is the most adorable physical feature about their baby create popular nicknames.

Nicknames about good looks

  • Cutie
  • Handsome/Handsome Man
  • Hunk
  • Angel
  • Big Eyes
  • Mr. Blue/Brown/Green Eyes

Nicknames about great attitude

  • Sunshine
  • Sweetie
  • Smiles/Smiley
  • Happy Little Guy
A baby crawling away from their parent.
Dmytro Zinkevych / Shutterstock

Use a more unique theme for a nickname

Adorable animal nicknames

Baby animals and baby humans make everyone “ooh” and “aww,” so there’s no surprise that popular baby boy nicknames are also animal names.

  • Piglet
  • Tiger
  • Duckling
  • Lamb
  • Chipmunk
  • Bear
  • Chickadee
  • Bug

Food-themed nicknames

There’s nothing like comparing your baby to food. Those adorable cheeks are waiting to be gobbled up, anyway. Most of the food nicknames are desserts, which isn’t far off of how scrumptious those little arm and leg rolls are.

  • Muffin
  • Pumpkin
  • Tater Tot
  • Turkey
  • Cupcake
  • Pudding
  • Cookie
  • Butterball

The best silly nicknames

A nickname is more exciting when it’s a bit silly. When an option comes out of nowhere, it’s usually because it gave the adults a laugh and now it’s stuck for good. There are popular nicknames for baby boys that also carry a bit of fun with them.

  • Buster
  • Peanut
  • Pickle
  • Nugget
  • Half-pint
  • Munchkin
  • Meatball
  • Wiggle Worm
Baby boy in bed with his eyes open.
Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash

These nicknames are a bit too cool

You know you turn your head when you hear a child being called by an unusual name. You always have to think about it, and wonder if you would call your kid that. These nicknames deserve a double take as well.

  • Cabbage Patch Kid
  • Bubbles
  • Cocoa Puff
  • Baby/Little Hulk
  • Beanstalk
  • Tootsie Pop
  • Hollywood
  • Jellybean
Twin babies wearing rainbow outfits standing up.
Frank McKenna / Unsplash

Nicknames for besties or twins

What about those parents who have twin boys? Or maybe cousins that were born close together and are inseparable buds? There are cute nicknames to try out for them, too.

  • Double Trouble
  • Thing 1 and Thing 2
  • Tweedledee and Tweedledum
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Bert and Ernie
  • Batman and Robin
  • Mario and Luigi
  • Woody and Buzz

You get the idea. Anything that comes in pairs or doubles would make the best nickname for twin baby boys or a pair of little best friends.

Whether you like movies, food, or animals, there are endless nicknames to call your baby boy. Just because a name is a popular one doesn’t mean you have to skip it. Your tiny tot might blow raspberries at you for weeks and forever more known as “Berry,” and that’s just the way it is now.

If you have a baby boy or know someone who does, try introducing any of these nicknames. But remember that nicknames stick. It’s been years and we still call our youngest kid, “Chicken Nugget.” Pick wisely!

Editors' Recommendations

Dannielle Beardsley
Dannielle has written for various websites, online magazines, and blogs. She loves everything celebrity and her favorite…
What are the signs of implantation?
Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy
Woman sitting on couch and looking at a pregnancy test

When you're trying to get pregnant you can become hyper-aware of your body, looking for any indication that implantation has happened. Implantation is when an embryo implants into the uterine lining to start growing into a fetus. Implantation, like pregnancy, is different for everyone, so while some could experience implantation symptoms like some bleeding or cramping, similar to a very light period, for others, nothing may happen. Following implantation, pregnancy symptoms will begin and increase as the days progress. Read on to find out exactly what to expect in signs of implantation.

What is implantation?
Implantation usually happens five to nine days after fertilization (conception), when the embryo has already started to grow. It needs to bury itself into the thick lining of the uterus to keep growing. Without implantation, a pregnancy cannot progress. Medically, the pregnancy only begins once implantation takes place.

Read more
Need to move things along? You can actually make prune juice for babies
Prune juice works for adults, but is it good for babies, too?
Mother comforting a crying baby

Prunes act as a natural laxative. The fruit is often used when adults and kids have difficulty going to the bathroom. As a parent, constipation is a major source of concern especially when it comes to babies. When babies get constipated parents often feel helpless, not knowing what to do to provide relief.
If you need some help to move things along, you may want to try a homemade remedy like prune juice for babies. Prune juice is a natural solution that's quick and easy to make at home. The important question to ask before heading to the blender though is prune juice safe for babies?

Signs of constipation in babies
Prune juice for babies is an option when little ones are constipated, but it's a good idea to know what you're dealing with before considering using prunes as a laxative for your kiddo. As an adult, it's simple to recognize when you're constipated, but what are the symptoms when a baby has difficulty pooping?

Read more
Can babies have nightmares? What you need to know
How to help your baby when they have a bad dream
Toddler being comforted in bed after a nightmare.

Can babies have nightmares? It may seem unlikely that your little one may be experiencing bad dreams, but if your baby has woken up crying for no apparent reason, you may wonder if a nightmare was the cause.

Often when we think of nightmares, we think of how they're subconsciously caused by our fears, or by something scary we may have watched on television. Since babies aren't watching scary movies and are mostly exposed to positive and comforting stimuli, parents often wonder if babies can have nightmares and what they can do to help soothe them back to sleep. We shed some light on why your baby may be waking up upset and what you can do to make their nights as peaceful as possible.

Read more