75 Cute and Funny Nicknames for Boys

Updated: May 31, 2022
We've compiled a list of the best nicknames to suit your little boy! Our list has funny nicknames, cute nicknames, and other unique and cool nicknames for your boy.
75 Cute and Funny Nicknames for Boys
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Something changes in you when you become a parent. Even if you never imagined yourself using baby talk or calling your child pet names like chipmunk or dumpling, you find yourself spontaneously coming up with cute nicknames that are somehow just the perfect fit for your baby boy.

Sometimes, the nickname sticks so much that you hardly ever use your son’s real name.

But, finding that ideal nickname for your little one can also be elusive. Maybe Cutie sounds too cliche, while Cheeseball is just a little too, well cheesy.

We rounded up the best nicknames for boys to inspire you. Our list has funny nicknames, cute nicknames, and other unique and cool nicknames for your little boy. We even included a section for matching nicknames for pairs of brothers or best friends.

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Funny Nicknames for Boys

Try these funny names out and see which one seems to fit your little boy.

  • Doodle
  • Goober
  • Goofy
  • Booboo
  • Hobbit
  • Hotshot
  • Wiggle
  • Bubby Boo
  • Chubby Cheeks
  • Giggles

Cute Nicknames for Boys

Adorable and happy baby boy

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

  • Babyface
  • Pooh
  • Bambi
  • Bubba
  • Champ
  • Cutie Patootie
  • Cutie Pie
  • Dimples
  • Lovey
  • Munchkin
  • Shortie
  • Bitsy
  • Blue Eyes
  • Brown Eyes
  • Handsome
  • Bambino
  • Mini-me
  • Bubbles
  • Sweety-peetie
  • Sweetheart

Animal Nicknames for Boys

Cute baby boy in animal robe laying on his stomach

If your baby boy reminds you of an adorable animal, go ahead and use that animal as a term of endearment. Here are some ideas:

  • Chipmunk
  • Duckie
  • Panda
  • Bear
  • Lovebug
  • Honey Bunny
  • Tiger
  • Tadpole
  • Wiggle Worm
  • Snug-a-bug
  • Monkey
  • Cuddle Bunny
  • Chunky Monkey
  • Chipmunk
  • Chickadee
  • Bunny
  • Funny Bunny
  • Pup
  • Cub
  • Duckling

Food-Related Pet Names for Boys 

Why do we nickname kids with the names of food? Maybe because they seem good enough to eat! Try these food nicknames out:

  • Cupcake
  • Cutie Pie
  • Jellybean
  • Meatball
  • Nugget
  • Baby Cakes
  • Half-pint
  • Honey Bunch
  • Tater Tot
  •  Short Cake

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:

  • Rockstar
  • Smiley
  • Sparky
  • Bestie
  • Turbo
  • Knockout
  • Heat
  • Brewski
  • Bro
  • Dynamo

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

FAQ: How to Choose a Nickname 

Mom and son playing, choosing a nickname

1 What is a nickname? 

A nickname is any kind of pet name you use instead 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”.

2 Should I nickname my baby boy? 

Nicknames are not required. You can call your son only his real name if you would like! But you might find yourself naturally gravitating towards pet names after he is born. There is something about that cute baby face that just begs to be called “Munchkin” or some other term of endearment.

3 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!)

4 How do I choose a nickname for my baby boy? 

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.

Go through our list above and write down all of the names that resonate with you. Say them out loud to your little one and see how each one feels. Cross off any that just do not feel right.

Once your list is a bit shorter, think about whether you want to choose a special pet name that just you use, or whether you want a more fixed nickname that your son might use with his friends as he grows. If choosing the latter, you will want something that will not embarrass him when he’s older! But, if you prefer the former, feel free to choose whatever nickname sounds like it fits best.

5 Can siblings nickname each other? 


Siblings often have their own special nicknames for each other. Sometimes, a sibling-created nickname becomes a long-term pet name used by friends and family for years.

Often, a younger sibling will nickname their big brother, using their attempts to say the word “brother” or their brother’s name. Nicknames for a big brother might include: “Jayjay” for Jason or “Booboo” for brother. But sometimes these nicknames sound completely random too. 

Older siblings might also come up with their own special pet names for their baby brother. It can be very special to hear your older child using their own nicknames with your baby boy.

6 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.

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