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The most popular baby girl nicknames that are so cute and unique they might surprise you

Baby girl nicknames that just might stick around for years

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You probably spent a lot of time choosing the perfect name for your baby girl. After all, it’s an important decision. Using nicknames is a popular thing to do. So, you may not end up calling your daughter by her given name. If a sweet nickname evolves and sticks as she grows up, her given name may only come up when you’re trying hard to get her attention. We all know that as a precious little baby, you’re bound to try out some of the many cute nicknames parents use on their new bundles of joy. These baby girl nicknames are sweet, funny, and unique, and could be fun to use if you haven’t caught yourself using them already.

Not sure what nickname is perfect for your little one? We’ve compiled over 150 nicknames perfect for baby girls, and while some you might expect something like Sweetie Pie or Honey Bun, some are unexpected and may make you giggle, like Doodlebug and Banana Muffin. Some baby girl nicknames are based on personality. Others are based on appearances, and some are based on … well, nothing at all. This list may inspire you with what precious nickname to call your own little girl.

Nicknames based on names

The term nickname actually has a pretty long history. Its origins date back to the 14th century. The first baby girl nicknames were ones based on the name people chose for their daughter. For example, Maggie, Midge, and Peggy are nicknames for Margaret. The name Elizabeth has quite a few nicknames attached to it, such as Lizzie, Beth, Liza, Betty, Betsy, and even Libby. So, if you’re looking for a cute nickname for your daughter, you may want to start with her name. Here are some baby girl nicknames derived from given names.

  • Addie – Addison or Adeline
  • Bella – Annabelle or Isabelle
  • Frankie – Frances, Francine, or Francesca
  • Charlie – Charlotte
  • Liv or Livie – Olivia
  • Ellie – Eleanor or Eloise
  • Lexi or Alex – Alexandra
  • Maddy – Madeline or Madison
  • Tori or Vickie – Victoria
  • Lily – Lilian
  • Sam or Sammie – Samantha
  • Viv – Vivian or Viviene
  • Lou – Louise
  • Max- Maxine
  • Edie – Edith
  • Penny – Penelope
  • Mac – Mackenzie or Makayla
  • Vera or Ronnie – Veronica
  • Emmie – Emerson
  • Lanie or Mellie – Melanie
  • Rory – Auroa or Lorelai
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Cute baby girl nicknames that are quite common

These go-to sweet baby girl nicknames are irresistibly adorable. From classic to cuddly, these terms of endearments are good standbys. Maybe your mom called you these as a baby.

  • Angel
  • Baby Cakes
  • Boo Boo
  • Bubs
  • Bunny Boo
  • Buttercup
  • Cupcake
  • Darling
  • Dearie
  • Her Majesty
  • Honey
  • Honey Bear
  • Honey Bun
  • Honey Pie
  • Kiddo
  • Lil Lady
  • Little Lamb
  • Madame
  • Missy
  • My Love
  • My World
  • Nugget
  • Precious
  • Princess
  • Pumpkin
  • Sugar Pie
  • Sunshine
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweetie Pie
  • Your Highness

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Personality baby girl nicknames that bring a smile and a giggle

Your little girl has a personality all her own, and your nicknames for her may change with her mood. Whether she’s being sweet or cranky, there’s a nickname for that.

  • Chatterbox
  • Chuckles
  • Cranky Pants
  • Cuddle Bug
  • Cuddle Bunny
  • Dimples
  • Diva
  • Drama Queen
  • Drooly Julie
  • Funny Girl
  • Fussy Pants
  • Giggle Monster
  • Giggles
  • Goofball
  • Goofy
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Sassy
  • Sleepy
  • Smiley
  • Snuggle Bug
  • Snuggle Bunny
  • Sweet Girl
  • Sweetie
  • Troublemaker

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Appearance-based baby girl nicknames that are catchy and too cute

While you’ll want to avoid commenting on your daughter’s body image once she can understand your words. Love on those chubby cheeks all you want when she’s a little baby, but don’t keep appearance-based baby girl nicknames into toddlerhood.

  • Bed Head
  • Blondie
  • Chipmunk
  • Chubbykins
  • Chubster
  • Chunky Monkey
  • Cutie
  • Cutie Patootie
  • Cutie Pie
  • Little Miss Chubby Cheeks
  • Mini-Me
  • Miss Cutie
  • Munchkin
  • String Bean
  • Tiny

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Unforgettable name-based baby girl nicknames that are shortened or rhyme

You might use a nickname based on your baby girl’s first name or maybe her middle name. It could be the repetition of the first syllable of her name discovered while adding a rhyming word after her name. Here are some examples.

  • Allie Wally
  • Cutie Cathy
  • Ellie Belly
  • Hannah Banana
  • Izzy
  • Jojo
  • Josie
  • June Bug
  • Snoozy Susie

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Funny baby girl nicknames you may not have thought of before

You can also come up with all kinds of silly nicknames for your baby girl. These nicknames are primarily for trying to get a giggle out of your baby and yourself.

  • Bam Bam
  • Bestie
  • Pookie
  • She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Changed
  • Short Stack
  • Stinker
  • Sugar Booger
  • Super Baby
  • Super Girl
  • Tater Tot
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Silly and random baby girl nicknames … that just come out

Where did these even come from? When you’re not running on much sleep, the funniest nicknames come out of your mouth and sometimes they stick.

  • Almond Joy
  • Angel Cake
  • Apple Pie
  • Babushka
  • Bambina
  • Banana Muffin
  • Bon Bon
  • Bitsy
  • Chickadee
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake
  • Doodlebug
  • Dumpling
  • Goober
  • Jellybean
  • Kitten
  • Koala
  • Ladybug
  • Lemon Drop
  • Marshmallow
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Muffin
  • Peanut
  • Pebbles
  • Peach
  • Peachy Keen
  • Pickle
  • Pop Tart
  • Pork Chop
  • Sunflower
  • Susie Q
  • Tinkerbell

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Baby girl nicknames: Anything goes — just about

You could come up with any baked good, flower, cartoon character, or really any word and turn it into a baby nickname as long as you say it in a childlike voice. Most of these nicknames will only stick around for babyhood but be careful — you don’t necessarily want Pork Chop or Stinker to be the nickname that sticks and follows your little one to high school! Don’t let that hold you back from letting this be the time to experiment with lots of different nicknames at home, though.

You have so much time to talk to your baby. Talking to your babies helps to develop language skills. So go ahead and call them all the silly names you want and see what makes them laugh. If a nickname based on their name or personality ends up sticking for life, it could turn into something wonderful.

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