1. Darling - 9th century
Source: Oxford English Dictionary
The Archbishop of Canterbury has died, darling.
2. Sweetheart - 1290
These ages ain’t so dark with you, sweetheart.
3. Honey - 1375
My honey’s got the plague.
4. Baby - 1684
Welcome to the Renaissance, baby.
5. Cutie - 1768
Care for some johnnycakes, cutie?
6. Sweetie - 1778
That Duchess of Devonshire is a real… sweetie.
7. Pumpkin - 1900
Oh pumpkin, what a nice broad-brimmed hat.
9. Sweetie Pie - 1928
Can you stop dancing the Charleston for two seconds, sweetie pie?
10. Sugar - 1930
Oh sugar, you’re what makes this depression great.
11. Baby Cake - 1949
First recorded use of “baby cake” as a name was for a dog, but still.