Category: Middle, Last and Nicknames
By Abby Sandel
Last week, we looked at short names for girls, like Iris and Thea, Esme and Ivy. This week, let’s go even shorter and focus on girls’ names with just one syllable.
Single-syllable names for girls solve problems. They make great middle names, balancing out Isabella and Arabella and Evangeline. If your last name is longer and complex, keeping it simple in the first spot works. And, of course, some parents just plain fall in love with the slim, trim style of Bess and Claire, Blue and Lou.
If you’re thinking short and sweet for your daughter’s name, there’s more than one approach. Here are nine types of single-syllables names for girls, ranging from the modern and unexpected to timeless classics.
Let’s take a look a closer look!
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The latest announcements of berrybaby arrivals were particularly Nameberryesque in their mix of the classic, the contemporary and the creative. Of particular interest:
*Middle names– including two Wolfs– saluting family tradition, literary and filmic heroes and cross-cultural considerations.
They love Silas, but their last name sounds like Smith. Try saying that five times fast! How much does first-last name harmony matter? If Silas is off the table, which names should they consider instead?
My husband thinks this doesn’t matter that much as his full name will be reserved for formal situations – or when he’s really in trouble!
We’ve also considered Asher, Alder, Humphrey, Beckett, Remy, and Jonah. My husband loves the idea of Ezekiel, nicknamed Kiel for the German city. I just don’t love Ezekiel. None of these have really stuck.
How much should the appeal of a full name factor?
The Name Sage replies:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Our British cousins have long been nuts for nickname names, and now we’re seeing in the latest Social Security stats the increased use of vintage nicknames on their own in the US as well. No jumps for UK faves Alfie and Archie yet, but here are some others that are moving up, all of which rose at least 20 places, arranged with highest climbers first.
After being a longtime local Name Sage, Eloise is now expecting her first child and wants a choice that will live up to her lifelong interest in names. Let’s help her find a spectacular combination for her daughter due this summer.
This is my first pregnancy, due late August, and coming a little later in life than I imagined. As the name sage among my family and friends – and given a stack of kids is not going to be happening for me – I’m looking for the ultimate name.
Our daughter’s last name will sound like Marlowe with a T. O-ending first names are out.
Dad is English, I’m Australian and she will hear mostly Australians saying its name. (Some names, like Martha, can sound pretty awful in an Aussie accent.)
For a girl, I/we love (in order):