1. Lambkin: We have darling Shakespeare to thank for this pet name which he used in both “Henry IV” and “Henry V.”
2. Poppet: You might have heard this late 1300’s term of endearment before when you were watching “Pirates of the Caribbean” in elementary or middle school. Yeah, those creepy pirate dudes were always saying it, and we didn’t like it one bit. It’s time to revive this slang term and give it the positive connotations it deserves!
3. Cinnamon: Thank you Chaucer for this adorable nickname! We’ll be using it every time we see our boyfriends, a puppy on the internet, or when our cat greets us at the door.
4.Turtle Dove: This isn’t just a Christmas term, folks. Turtle doves traditionally cared deeply for their mates, so married couples would use it in reference to each other.
5. Flitter-Mouse: This playful term of endearment sounds a little rude in modern society, but I’d wager we can bring it full circle. Oh yeah, it was also a name for a bat in the 1600’s.
6. Cabbage: This one is…interesting. While we love cabbage as much as the next person, do we really want to be called that? Probably, yeah. The traditional phrase was “my little cabbage,” a phrase that’s still popular in France. Whatever is cool in France, is cool with me, my little cabbage.
7. Honey Sop: Scottish poet William Dunbar is responsible for this one. We like Honey Pie a little better, but why not a soaking wet honey-flavored piece of bread instead? That was his argument, anyway.
8. Turtle: A turtle was your lover, as early as the 15th century! It’s certainly a cute pet name, and we’re pretty sure this one will be easy to sneak into our everyday vocabulary.