85 Cool Nicknames For Babies, Kiddos And Adults You Love

85 Cool Nicknames For Little Loves (And Big Loves, Too)

Nicknames are an essential part of feeling like one “belongs.” Are you really home if your mama isn’t calling you “Sweetie Pops?” Do your cheeks go warm when your partner calls you by the same name on your birth certificate, or does it take being called, “Darlin'” or “Sweetie?” Sure, there are plenty of embarrassing nicknames. There are loads of nicknames we earn, but hate. But a cool nickname can mean everything, too.

Whether you’ve just welcomed a new little baby or you have a new SO, you’re here for nickname inspiration, right? If he’s a pilot, the obvious choice is “Maverick.” If your sweet babe is a bit of a rough and tumble bruiser, a nickname like “Bubba” or “Boss” might be a better fit. And your kiddo obsessed with helping you in the yard? The only option is “Digger,” right? Of course, a cool nickname doesn’t have to imply masculinity or “boyness.” “Bright Eyes,” “Bird” and “Mijo” are all equally cool when used in the right context by the right person. Hopefully this long list of nicknames will help you find just the right nickname option for your love — big or little. Who knows, you might even be inspired to give one of these nicknames as the name for your baby.

Cool Nicknames

Can your little girl be a “Rascal” or a “Flash?” Absolutely! Assigning genders seems pretty arbitrary. These nicknames, are just tougher and more rough around the edges.
Maverick
Ace
Scrapper
Dodger
Bowie
Rascal
Shooter
Knuckles
Thrasher
Digger
Alpha
Bubba
Champ
Chief
Flash
Boss
Dasher
Dash
Hero

Animal-Inspired Cool Nicknames

Whether you’ve birthed a wild animal, a cocky, crowing kid, or a snuggly sweetheart, an animal nickname is a great way to factor in your child’s personality when you’re giving them a nickname.
Goose
Bird
Jay
Chicken
Rooster
Kitty
Bunny
Bear
Monkey
Bug

Space-themed Nicknames

Do you or your special someone love space? Maybe you need a nickname that’s out of this world!
Astro
Cosmo
Atom
Stardust
Moonbeam

Cool Nicknames From Classic TV

Some of these nicknames invoke a certain personality… but they’re also just a fun callback to our favorite vintage shows. We might not ever call our partner “Trapper,” but it’s a great name for our Goldendoodle or the wild one who keeps bringing frogs into the house.
Hawkeye
Radar
Trapper
Bam-Bam
Pebbles

Cool, Silly Nicknames

Are you raising a budding comedian? There are even nicknames to illustrate their extra large funny bones.
Goober
Trip
Goofball
Giggle box
Bean
Jester

Food-related Nicknames

Why are food-themed nicknames so popular? It probably has to do with how much we all love to eat.
Nugget
Cookie
Dumplin’
Cracker Jack
Jelly Bean
Muffin
Peach
Snickerdoodle
Sugar
Honey
Pumpkin/Punkin’
Pickle

Nicknames For Nerds

Kids can be pretty sensitive about being called smart. Somewhere along the way (usually middle school) being smart becomes a bad thing (how ridiculous!). Still, if they embrace their big brains, they’ll probably accept any of these cool nicknames.
Gadget
Smarty
Jeopardy
Jigsaw
Atlas
Einstein
Brainiac

Super Sweet Nicknames For Little Loves

Here’s the thing. “Cool” is objective. Will your teenage boy feel “cool” when you call him Honeybear? Probably not. Will another mom think you’re cool for coming up with something a little more unique? Definitely. And, who knows, maybe that “I Love You, Honeybear” reference will help you nab a new Father John Misty fan friend.
Mija/Mijo
Honey
Honeybear
Honey Bunny
Heart
Squirt
Love
Love Bug
Snuggle bug
Bug
Sunshine
Bright Eyes
Mini
Mini Me
Munchkin
Sweetie Pie
Sweetie Pops
Sweet Pea
Babycakes
Lovey Dove
Half Pint