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151 ​Cute and Funny Nicknames for Boys

Discover the best boy nicknames from cute nicknames for boys to funny nicknames and more unique nickname ideas for your baby boy.
151 Cute Nicknames
Updated: January 17, 2024
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While finding baby names for your child can be difficult, thinking about cute nicknames or fun nicknames shouldn’t be a chore.

Some parents like to call their child pet names like “Chipmunk” or “Dumpling,” while others look for unique boy names that fit their child perfectly.

Some parents like the nickname so much that they end up hardly using their son’s real name! If you’re looking for a nickname for your baby boy, we have 151 of the best boy nickname names for you to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for funny nicknames, cute nicknames, cool nicknames, and more, we’ve got you covered. We even included a section for matching nicknames for pairs of brothers or best friends.

From funny nicknames to unique name variations to superhero-inspired names, we have compiled a list of 151 boy nicknames for you to choose from.

Are you ready? Let’s start the name game with our list of nicknames!

Funny Nicknames for Boys

If your little guy is on the silly side, one of these funny nicknames may be the perfect fit for your little boy.

  • Booboo
  • Bubby Boo
  • Bunny
  • Chubby Cheeks
  • Cookie
  • Cuddle Bug
  • Diddle do
  • Doodle
  • Fruitloop
  • Giggles
  • Giggles
  • Goober
  • Goofy
  • Hobbit
  • Hotshot
  • Joker
  • Meatball
  • Monkey
  • Puddin’
  • Pumpkin
  • Scooby Doo
  • Shortie
  • Wiggle

Cute Nicknames for Boys

Cute Nicknames for Boys

Something about saying these cute boy nicknames just makes you want to squeeze and cuddle your little cutie.

  • Amor
  • Ankle biter
  • Babe
  • Bambi
  • Bambino
  • Bertie Bug
  • Bitsy
  • Blue Eyes
  • Bubba
  • Bubbles
  • Brown Eyes
  • Buster
  • Champ
  • Cutie Patootie
  • Cutie Pie
  • Dimples
  • Gum Drop
  • Handsome
  • Lovey
  • Matey
  • Mini-me
  • Munchkin
  • Pooh
  • Shortie
  • Sweety-peetie
  • Sweetheart

Animal and Food-Related Nicknames for Boys

Animal Nicknames

If your baby boy reminds you of an adorable animal, go ahead and use that animal as a term of endearment. Additionally, if your kid seems good enough to eat, you can try out some food nicknames. Here are some ideas:

  • Baby Cakes
  • Bunny
  • Chickadee
  • Chipmunk
  • Chunky Monkey
  • Cuddle Bunny
  • Cupcake
  • Cutie Pie
  • Duckie
  • Duckling
  • Funny Bunny
  • Half-pint
  • Honey Bunch
  • Honey Bunny
  • Jellybean
  • Lovebug
  • Meatball
  • Monkey
  • Nugget
  • Panda Bear
  • Pup Cub
  • Short Cake
  • Snug-a-bug
  • Tadpole
  • Tater Tot
  • Tiger
  • Wiggle Worm

Related: 101 Animal Names for Girls and Boys with Name Meanings

Unique Nicknames for Boys

Some nicknames are classic names and common, while others are more original and unique. Here are some of our favorite unique names and nicknames:

  • Aqua
  • Bestie
  • Brewski
  • Bro
  • Burgundy
  • Dynamo
  • Heat
  • Ivory
  • Knockout
  • Mahogany
  • Poppy
  • Rockstar
  • Smiley
  • Sparky
  • Turbo

Related: 100 Rare and Unique Boy Names with Meanings

Cool Nicknames for Boys

If you’re looking for something cool and modern, see if any of these names are the perfect fit for your little one:

Vintage Boy Nicknames

Vintage nicknames are a throwback to some classic names for your little man. These are not only some good nicknames, but also some great baby boy names by themselves!

Related: 50 Vintage Names Making a Comeback

Superhero-Inspired and Fictional Boy Nicknames

There are some boy nicknames that are just super from the start. Check out these boy nicknames that are inspired by superheroes, your favorite movie, or the latest book you enjoyed:

Related: 75 Superhero Names for Your Little Wonder

Trending Boy Nicknames

If you choose one of these nicknames, be careful, they may be popular today, but not tomorrow.

Related: 100 Modern Boy Names for a 21st-Century Baby Boy

Unisex Baby Nicknames

When it comes to baby nicknames, some people choose to go the unisex name route. Try these unisex nickname options on for size:

Nicknames for Best Friends

Nicknames for Best Friends

If you have two little boys or your son has a best friend that he is inseparable from, try matching pet names for the pair of them. Here are some of our favorite nicknames for best friends:

  • Chip and Dale
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Bread and Butter
  • Double Trouble
  • 2 Peas in a Pod

What Is a Good Nickname for Boys?

With so many baby boy nicknames to choose from, how can parents find the perfect one? We have some tips for you.

A nickname is any kind of pet name you use instead of someone's real name. Sometimes, nicknames are based on a person’s full name, such as calling a boy named Frederick “Freddy”. Other times, nicknames can relate to a person’s appearance, such as calling someone with brown eyes “Brown Eyes”. Nicknames can also be random and just sound cute, like “Bubba” or “Dumpling”.

What Are Some Unique Nicknames for Boys?

Sometimes the best nicknames are those that are not as common. They often come to you spontaneously, such as in nicknaming your son “Toes” if his toes are just the cutest thing you have ever seen. You can also come up with a cool nickname like Fox or Teddy that your baby boy can use throughout his life (“Toes” probably won’t last past the first couple of years of life, even if you wish it could!)

What if My Child Hates Their Nickname?

Nicknames don’t always work out. If your son stops liking his nickname or asks you not to use it, it is best to respect his wishes. Even if discontinuing the use of your baby boy’s nickname makes you feel a little sad, your son’s comfort comes first. You can keep the nickname in your memories.

Best Nicknames for Boys

With so many baby boy nicknames to choose from, how can parents find the perfect one? 

If no pet names roll off your tongue while you are playing with your cooing little baby, you can just call your baby his real name. But if you really want to come up with a cool nickname, try making a list.

Here are some other tips when it comes to choosing adorable nicknames for your little boy.

Shorten Your Baby’s Real Name

You can be straightforward and just shorten your baby boy’s real name. There’s nothing wrong with that! 

Look For Synonyms

Research the various meanings of your son’s real name. Sometimes you’ll find the perfect nickname from that.

Hang on to Your First Idea

Sometimes when you start overthinking it, you may come up with too many nicknames. This can get overwhelming and you may end up choosing a name you don’t even like! You can avoid this from happening by just keeping it simple.

Look for Names with Meanings

Some parents like to choose names with real meanings, even when it comes to nicknames. If you do this, be sure the real meaning has a positive vibe.

To get started, visit our Baby Name Center, and browse thousands of name meanings and origins.

Consider Nicknames with Variations of Middle Names

Sometimes, your boy’s middle name can lend itself to a great nickname. For example, if your son’s name is Anthony Joseph, AJ, could be an option. This is an easy nickname that can stick with them their entire life and never be unpopular or embarrassing!

When it comes to finding a nickname both you and your child will love as they grow older, consider these tips.

Look for a Nickname That Won’t Age Poorly

Choose a nickname that sounds great now and will also be acceptable as your son gets older. Sometimes unusual nicknames are a great idea as a baby but don’t turn out that way in years to come.

Don’t Choose a Nickname That Puts Them Down

Be sure the nickname you choose doesn’t lend itself to bullying. Also, don’t choose a name that would embarrass your child in public.

Find a Balance

Remember, just because a name is popular today doesn’t mean it will always be. Find a balance so that your baby boy ends up with the perfect nickname today and always.

Choosing a nickname for your baby boy should be fun, so be sure not to lose that in the process!

Want to snag one of these adorable nicknames for your baby boy? Pin this nickname list to save for later:

151 Cute Nicknames

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