How Often Do You Say Your Significant Other’s Real Name?

I’ve been single for a long time, but I’m still fascinated by relationships, and I sometimes reminisce about mine. I may have even written about this topic in the past.

In both of my long-term relationships, we had pet names for each other. I’m not sure how or why, but once it started, we never stopped.

It was extremely rare that we actually called each other by our names. When we did, I fully realized how rare it was, because it felt great to hear my own name, especially from someone whom I valued so much. Names are powerful in that way.

So out of sheer curiosity, I thought I’d ask you about this. If you’re currently in a relationship, how often do they say your real name? How often do you say theirs? Do you like it when they do, or do you prefer hearing your pet name?