A name can define your relationshipBy Christine Chacha What is in a name? A lot, I would say. That is if relationships are in discussion. And women love to be called names. Think the difference it makes if a guy calls you, "my love," or "Cutie". Two words, miles apart in meaning! The transition between when your man calls you by your real name, and a fancy one, is noteworthy. Jazzy names are a symbol of the phase you are in your union. It can tell whether you are moving forward or you are stuck in time. The stages At the beginning of the relationship you call each other by name. This later moves, to babe depending on how much you like each other, and the next thing you know he is calling you love. Honey vs sexy Babe-This is the first name that he will call you signifying that he indeed does like you. It says that this has a chance of advancing from a fling to something more meaningful. When he calls you babe in front of his friends he is basically trying to mark his territory saying " I may not be married to her but she is mine for now. Baby-When he adds the "Y" in babe it means that he does care about you, he pictures you as a young fragile thing that he would like to protect. This is his natural protective instinct coming to the surface and means he is seeing a lot more you. Cutie ? He is saying "hey I like what you're wearing, you look good, and I notice and appreciate the effort that you put into making yourself look that way. Kudos. Sexy -When he calls you sexy then it means your dressing or mannerism is alluring to the point that he is sexually attracted to you. Sorry ladies, but according to men when he calls you sexy that is exactly what he means so be wary if this does not change to something else with time. Gorgeous ? this means that you are the most beautiful thing he has ever laid eyes on. Your beauty is inestimable particularly in reference to the face, and is well-dressed. Sweetie- This is the name that surfaces when you can?t get enough of each other. You are all over each other and share secret meanings in public. You are by now intertwined and you are at what most call the honeymoon stage. Honey-I find this to be the sweetest name a guy can call his woman, it means he not only cares but also really likes the girl; maybe even loves her. But this will happen after considerable time dating. Beautiful - this, for me, is the highest compliment because it takes in the whole person, not just the outside. It means you have an awesome personality that can be connected with, respect. When he calls you this it means he wants to handle you with more energy, commitment, and honour. Your name- Having gone through all the phases of name-calling he calls you by your name. This means that the relationship has matured and grown into something serious that he does not have to play Mr nice guy anymore but he still respects you. But if he calls you by your name before he engages or marries you, be very worried as you could be loosing the spark in the relationship. With buddies Something worth noting is that the name that he chooses to call you especially in front of his friends can tell you where you stand with him. How he refers or introduces you to his pals also says something about how he perceives you. If he still introduces you as Stella to his boys after a whole year of dating, then run for the hills because this is a man who does not want to be identified with you. If he calls you his girl or girlfriend to his pals then he is being protective of you as if to say you belong to him and at the same time saying there could be a possibility of permanence. But then it could mean he likes you enough to want you all to himself. When he says this is 'my lady' then it means he respects you and expects the same from his buddies. He is trying to say that you are unlike his other "girls"; you are a lady that he holds in high esteem just like his mother.