If you are looking for animal names in Spanish to use with your “novio” or “novia”, in this article you will find many animal names or romantic names in Spanish that you can use to call your lover, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. or other significant. Here is a list I have compiled of some of the most common names I have heard from Latin American Spanish speakers to express their affection. For many of them, I also added the diminutive.
1. corazón, mi corazoncito – heart, my heart
2. príncipe / princesa / mi princesita – prince, princess, mi princess
3. mi rey / reina / mi reinita – my king, queen, my queen
4. cariño, mi cariño – caress, ma caresse
5. mi príncipe azul – my prince charming but literally “my blue prince”
6. tesoro / mi tesorito – treasure, my little treasure
7. amor / mi amor / mi amorcito – love, my love, my little love
8. mi morenito / mi morenita – my dark complexion
9. mi paisita – my paisa (“Paisa” is a person from Medellín, Colombia)
10. mi gringuito – my gringo
11. mi amiguito – my dear friend
12. mi vida – my life
13. osito – teddy bear
15. cosita – little thing
And diminutives are not only reserved for people. I have an “amiguita” here in Colombia who always refers to his dog as “mi animalito” or “mon petit animal”.
Although the “textbooks” will tell you that diminutives are only added to names, I have heard Spanish speakers add them to words that are not names in order to appear more affectionate. For example (for example), “solo” becomes “solito”
Mi vida, me dejaste solito.
(My life, you left me alone.)
And diminutives are not only reserved for “people”. I heard Spanish speakers send them anytime they wanted to look more affectionate. Here are some examples:
“Mañana” becomes “mañanita”
Mi princesita, quiero verte esta mañanita.
My princess, I want to see you this morning.
“Carta” becomes “cartita”
Mi amor, fuiste sin dejarme una cartita.
My love, you left without leaving me a letter.
“Beso” becomes “besito”
Mi corazoncito, lady a besito.
My heart, give me a little kiss.
My “x-novia” or “x-girlfirend” has an “apodo” (nickname) that people call it. Her “apodo” or nickname they call her is “Barbie”. Can you guess what I call her when I try to appear affectionate?
I call it “mi barbicita”
And can you guess what she calls me? She calls me “mi negrito”.
Obviously, “mi negrito” is not considered offensive here in Colombia. But I imagine if I asked my dark-skinned Dominican friends in Nueva York, they would probably all agree that “mi morenito” sounds better than “mi negrito”.
This Spanish lesson today on pet names or romantic names in Spanish.
by Pat Jackson