Hey honey bun, these are the top cringey pet names used by UK couples

Are you a ‘sweetie’ behind closed doors? (Picture: Getty Images/Image Source)

Even the most hardened among us can be liable to slip into cutesy language when they’re alone with their paramour.

I myself never thought I’d stoop lower than a good ‘babe’ here and there, but lo and behold, I’ve joined the ranks of those with outrageous pet names for and from their partner.

What started as irony intended to annoy each other has slipped into our daily lives with worrying ease – now, if I don’t call him by his cringey pet name, he thinks I’m mad at him.

And it seems we’re not alone, with data indicating that almost half of Brits (47%) use soppy pet names for their partners according to a surey.

When it comes to the most popular pet names couples in the UK have for each other, thortful.com has it that, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘love’ comes out on top, with 29% of 1,500 respondents saying they use it.

Next up is ‘babe’ (25%), ‘honey’ (17.8%), and ‘sweetie’ (15.3%).

Combined, ‘love’ and ‘babe’ make up over half of the UK’s preferred pet names.

The UK's favourite partner pet names

  1. Love – 29%
  2. Babe – 25%
  3. Honey – 17.8%
  4. Sweetie – 15.3%
  5. Handsome – 9.4%
  6. Honey Bun – 7.7%
  7. Sweetpie – 7.6%
  8. Boo – 5.3%
  9. Baby Boy/Baby Girl – 4.8%
  10. Princess – 4.7%

But these names largely stay at home, with 76% saying they use their partner’s real name whenever they’re in public, and 32% revealing they were embarrassed if their partner used their pet name out in the world.

It seems men are more often the soppy ones in their relationships, as it’s 53% of them who call their partners by their pet name the most compared to 43% of women.

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The good news is that being cringey is actually nothing to be ashamed of, as long as your partner’s cool with it.

As clinical psychologist, Dr Lisa Orban previously told us: ‘In moderation, baby talk can be viewed as healthy indicator of a bonded relationship.’

So calling your partner something saccharine can actually bring you closer together, helped along by the fact that using and being spoken to with silly baby talk releases pleasure hormones in the brains of both parties.

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