Only one in five Brits call their partner by their full name most of the time, this means that there are lots of pet names couples aren’t sharing with the outside world!

A recent survey by siteopia discovered Britain’s most hated and most loved pet names between couples. With names such as, gorgeous, babe, beautiful and pumpkin all ranking high on the list. But what’s acceptable and what’s not?

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Food for thought

One thing that’s clear to see is that ladies aren’t so keen on being referred to as food – and fattening food at that. Some of their most-hated names include pudding, sugar pie, treacle and pickle. They do say food is the way to a man’s heart, but are guys taking this a bit too far?

Another one in five Brits admit to saving a special, soppy pet name for their partner that’s only used when they are alone together.

However, there are some softies in the world, one in ten men in fact. They let their partner call them names that they hate, or secretly love, even though they would dread anyone else finding out about it.

Unfortunately one in ten haven’t been able to keep their soppy pet names a secret from their mates, with them finding out his private nickname one way or another. These kind of  pet names often come out in the open by friends reading private texts or cards.

Nasty names

Then there are names that are the opposite, names that come out when your partner is not around.

The Mrs and The Wife are common names to hear between guys, but there are the slightly braver blokes, with only a one in fourteen ratio, that go as far as calling their partner ‘the ball and chain’.

The Wicked Witch of the West doesn’t go amiss either. A whole three per cent of British men admitting to referring to their loved one with this name. We hope they’re joking!

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The list of top 10 pet names

10 most hated

10 most liked

  1. Babe
  2. Sweet cheeks
  3. Snookums
  4. Baby doll
  5. Baby girl
  6. Muffin
  7. Ducky
  8. Baby cakes
  9. Sexy pants
  10. Pudding
  1. Gorgeous
  2. Beautiful
  3. Lovely
  4. Love
  5. Darling
  6. Honey
  7. Sexy
  8. Angel
  9. Dearest
  10. Precious

 Facebook nicknames

We ask some of our favourite Facebook brides about their pet names for their partners and there some interesting phrases between some of our couples!

“I call my husband sexy bum he calls me baby face we even have these engraved inside our wedding rings,” says Vicki Alty.

“He’s monkey socks and I’m Squidget” laughs Ranina Berry.

“I call my husband Smiler and he calls me Blusher,” says Fiona Horton.

“He’s Chubba and I’m Tubba as we are both quite chubby,” says Liane Robson-Burrell.

What are your pet names? Join the conversation over on the Wedding Ideas Forum!