Whether you are Spanish or not, you would agree that the Spanish language is a beautiful one. People love using cute Spanish nicknames on their friends, especially those in romantic relationships. With so many cute Spanish nicknames, which do you choose? 

In this article, we will help you keep a warm and beautiful relationship by providing adorable nicknames you can use for your girlfriend or boyfriend, on your friends, mother, and family. Let’s make your loved ones feel butterflies in their bellies! 

What is a nickname in Spanish?

Like in English, most Spanish nicknames are cute, loved-up names we give to romantic partners or family members to show affection. An example is “babe” or “baby”! Your 30-year-old boyfriend is obviously not a baby, but you call him that to show affection! 

Nicknames are also given to people because of either a specific attribute they carry or because of a particular hobby or a thing they like or look like. For example, Spider-man was nicknamed Spidey in the 2002 flick starring Tobey McGuire as photographer Peter Parker. His boss, J. Jonah Jameson, nicknamed the moonlight superhero “spidey,” “wall-crawler,” and “web-head,” etc., because of several of his attributes. 

Language is a fascinating thing. All languages have different effects on what we choose to say, and with the Spanish language, it is a whole different vibe. Spanish has a unique tone, words, and slang which make it even more enjoyable. 

There exist many incredible nicknames. But we can only talk about so many in this article. Let’s keep the ball rolling! Who knows? You might find the perfect Spanish nickname you have been looking for.

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Cute Spanish nicknames

To say “nickname” in Spanish, you say “apodo.” There are so many cute and funny Spanish nicknames, including the ones you hear on television.

Some examples of cute Spanish nicknames are;

  • Maravillosa – gorgeous 
  • Cute – chulo
  • Mi Alma – my soul
  • Amor – love
  • Hermosa – beautiful
  • Viejo and vieja – older man and old woman
  • Primo – cousin
  • Conejito – little rabbit
  • Peque – small
  • Monita – little money

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Spanish nicknames for boyfriends and girlfriends

Spanish culture is known for being very passionate and romantic, as seen in their names.

Spanish nicknames for boyfriends: 

Spanish nicknames for boyfriends

Here are some Spanish boyfriend nicknames to make your partner feel special: 

  • Príncipe – Prince 
  • Cielo – Heaven 
  • Ladron de Carazones –  Thief of hearts
  • Galan – slick 
  • Guano – handsome 
  • Rey – king
  • Macho – male
  • Media naranja – the other half

So you better understand how to use these nicknames, here are some examples in the sentences below; 

He is my Prince

El as mi principe 

  • He is my everything, my heaven 

El es mi todo, mi cielo 

  •  He is my thief of hearts 

El es mi ladrón de corazones 

  •  Hey handsome 

Hola guapa 

  • My king 

Mi rey 

  •  My strong male 

Mi macho fuerte 

  • The one who completes me, my other half 

El que me completa, mi otra mitad

Spanish is a whole different and unique language when it comes to things, names, and people. In Spanish, there are male Spanish nicknames for English names. This is a unique thing. Some of these names are;

  • Juanfer- John
  • Pancho/paco/ Fransisco- Francis 
  • Chofo- Rudolph 
  • Chepe/pepe- Joseph

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Cute Spanish nicknames for girlfriends

Spanish nicknames for girlfriends

Give your girlfriend butterflies in her bellies with these wholesome nicknames: 

  • Bella – Beautiful 
  • Bombón – bonbon 
  • Flor/Florecita – flower/little flower 
  • Hermosura- lovely
  • Miel – Honey 
  • preciosa – Bonny 
  • Rein – queen 
  • princessa – princes 
  • querida – darling

To help you better, you are going to have some of these names in the sentences below;

  • Hola hermosa como estas

Hello beauty, how are you

  • mi dulce bombón

My sweet bonbon 

  •  ella es mi florecita

She’s my little flower 

  •  hermosura, buenos días

loveliness, good morning 

  • estás bien cariño

 are you okay, honey 

  •  hola mi her is a

 hey my bonny

  •  ella es mi reina

 she is my queen 

  • mi hermosa princesa

my beautiful princess

  •  ella es tan querida

She is such a darling.

Aside from making relationships between your friends, girlfriends, and boyfriends, parents and grandparents also have cool nicknames that can be used to address them. 

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Cool Spanish nicknames to call your parents and grandparents

Spanish nicknames for parents

Spanish nicknames for parents

  • papito/ Papi- Daddy/father 
  • Mami/ mamita- mum/ mummy 
  • pa- pops 
  • Ma- mom/ mamma 
  • Los jefes- no direct translation 

This means parents or parentals

To put these names in a sentence, you would say;

  •  trae comida para tu papi

Bring food for your Daddy 

  • ella es mi mami

She is my mommy

Grandparents are often called these nicknames by their grandchildren. It also makes them feel warmer around them. It keeps off a less formal relationship and makes it more friendly. 

Spanish grandma nicknames

  • Abuelo/ Abuelito – grandfather 
  • Abuela/ Abuelita- grandmother

To talk to your grandmother in Spanish, you would say;

  • esta es mi dulce abuela

 this is my sweet grandmother 

  • Esa es tu abuelita?

 Is that your granny?

And you talk to your grandfather, you would say;

  • dónde está tu abuelo? Where is your grandfather? 
  • ir al abuelito. Go to grandpa 

While reading this article, you may have noticed that some words don’t appear the same in Spanish when put in sentences. This is because some words change totally when used in a sentence and other meanings change depending on the context. Take ser vs estar, for example; their meanings may change in context. 

If you are a German native speaker, you’ll realize that there isn’t much difference when it comes to nicknames. Let’s look at a few things:

With the Spanish and German languages, there are a lot of differences in pronunciation. The German language has a lot of R sound in pronunciation. For example, if a German had to say Spain, they would say “Spaniel” while if someone from Spain had to say it, they would say  “Espãna,” so there are a lot of differences when it comes to articulation and pronunciation. There is also a difference between their nicknames. 

For example, with Spanish nicknames, grandparents are called

  • Abuelo/ Abuelito – grandfather 
  • Abuela/ Abuelita- grandmother

While with German nicknames, grandparents are called;

  • papa – grandfather 
  • Oma or Grossmutter – grandmother

Often, Germans use Nana and Papa. Most of these nicknames come as a result of tradition or heritage. Your italki teacher can help you better understand and effectively use nicknames and language, including other  Spanish Vs. German rules. 

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Did you find the nickname you’ve been looking for? We’ve provided you with several Spanish nicknames to choose from. Today, you can make that friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend blush a little more complicated. You might be the one to put a smile on your grandmother’s face.

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