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Is It Okay to Reuse a Pet Name?

My ex and I had pet names for each other. They weren't tacky, cutesy, or provocative (well, at least we didn't think so), they were just something that added a little sweetness to our relationship. When we broke up and I started dating someone new, I instinctively almost called my new guy by the same pet name. I caught myself before the words came out of my mouth but let me ask you, do you think it's okay to reuse pet names or is that a total no no?


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Jacinthe Jacinthe 9 years
I think it would depend on the pet name. The one's my boyfriend and I have for each other are very much specific to us and would probably just confuse someone else.
Muirnea Muirnea 9 years
Common ones can be ok...but I wouldn't ever do it no matter what...that name has a huge meaning to me, and each one can't just fit all the different guys. It would always make me think of me ex.
Marci Marci 9 years
I agree that the generic 'sweeties' 'honeys' are okay, but beyond that, they're very personal, at least for me. The pet names I used with my last boyfriend don't fit my fiance at all so I'd never even be tempted.
Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 9 years
Ha. Imagine the awkwardness if you and your current run into your ex and it somehow gets out that you call your BF by whatever nickname you used to use on your ex.. I imagine it will be a little.. weird.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I think it depends. More common nicknames like "Baby" & "Love" are so generic, I think it's fine to reuse. I do it! But other names, more personalized ones that I've called my ex... I just don't think I'd be comfortable using for my boyfriend.
Belle1031 Belle1031 9 years
I agree with the ladies, if they're names like "baby" and "hun", then yes its fine to reuse them, If its a special name you've given your boyfriend then no I wouldn't reuse it. I've only given one man (my ex and one and only) a pet name and that was Osito because that's what he resembled. I would feel so uncomfortable using that name with someone else because it has a very special meaning to me that I wouldn't want to evaporate. :P
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
only if they are like the general pet names like "baby" and "honey". Beyond that I would say....NO.
stellarcourtney stellarcourtney 9 years
It would give me a nervous stomach to reuse like that.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
This reminds me of "Legally Blonde," when Warner calls his fiancee by the pet name he used to call Elle. I don't think I'd do it.
emalove emalove 9 years
I couldn't do it... But my "pet names" for my exes have usually been some variation of their first name, so it wouldn't apply anyway.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
The really specific or unique ones would be too weird for me. My husband calls me "Tiger", I cannot imagine anyone else calling me that and it feeling alright.
red4bonez red4bonez 9 years
i don't know. It does seem a bit weird, I mean those names are special for him and stuff. Got to find new pet names with each new relationship. I call my man babe so I mean that one could be used with any relationship but something special I think it would be weird.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Inside jokes? No. Common 'pet names' like Baby, Hunny, Sweetie, etc. I think is fine to reuse.
Random2 Random2 9 years
I have no problem with pet names. I call my guy 'sweets', 'babe' and 'hon' regularly, while he seems to have a book of pet names for me. The usual one he uses is 'monkey' or 'monk', although I'm not really sure why.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
When I hear certain pet names it automatically reminds me of my exes. I wouldn't call my current BF by those names simply because I don't want to be thinking about my exes when I'm with him. If that doesn't happen to you, then I guess you can reuse. Personally, I think it kind of takes away something special from your last relationship, and your current relationship.
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
I think it's kind of weird. I call my bf baby but I never used that with any other boyfriend before. I also call him "love". My ex I used to call memo (don't ask!). I would say switch it up. even if it is generic it could still remind you of the past and that is probably not what you want!
briannaNicole briannaNicole 9 years
Not okay. Do you really want to think of your ex every time you refer to your new honey? I was upset when an old boyfriend publicly used an old pet for his new girlfriend. If you wouldn't like it, he probably wouldn't either.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I wouldn't call it a "no-no," but I know I'd feel weird doing it.
juicylove juicylove 9 years
i dont think you should use the same one, unless its just babe or baby or something generic. inside jokes or unique names are too personal, though
mochi26 mochi26 9 years
I would be upset if he used old pet names with I would not do that in my relationship. I call my boyfriend all sorts of silly names that I can't imagine migrating over to a new relationship! My little hunnle bunnle :)
swt-strwbrry-sgr swt-strwbrry-sgr 9 years
as long as its not boo, im cool
Meike Meike 9 years
Nope, I don't use the same personal pet names. My honey and I use the typical pet names like "honey", "sweetie", "cutie", "love". Then we have more personal pet names like "cutie pie" "sweetie pie", "Kuschelbär (cuddly bear)", etc. I'd be more offended if he used the more personalized ones before but I know he did not.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
i really don't like repeating any inside jokes or mannerisms/funnies that i had with my ex in a new relationship. i try to start everything new, otherwise it feels like i'm just filling in the blanks with a new guy.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Only if it was specific, but generic ones are ok like 'sweetie' and whatnot.
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