Are miniature names growing on you? Â There have been Nameberry posts and discussion threads, and a steady uptick in birth announcements for children with very short names.
Theyâ€™re not my style, but the more I hear them, the more I find them pleasing. I know a toddler called Royce and another named Nell. Then there are famous kids with bite-sized names, or nicknames â€“ like Nick Cannon and Mariah Careyâ€™s twins, referred to as Roc and Roe. Reducing an elaborate appellation like Araminta to something spare â€“ Min, maybe? â€“ feels rather elegant.
Are bare minimum names the next big thing? Hard to say, but they did seem to dominate baby name news this week.
Fia â€“ Fiery Fiammetta is a lovely Italian option. Short form Fia shares something with two Top Ten favorites â€“ Sophia and Mia. Sebastiane noted that Fia is a hit in the Faroe Islands. The islands are located halfway between Scotland and Iceland, making their given names an intriguing mix of Gaelic and Norse influences.
Scout â€“ From the North Atlantic to the American South, is Scout following Harper and Atticus as the next big name from To Kill a Mockingbird? A recent post at Swistle resulted in twins named August Everett â€“ called Gus â€“ and Genevieve Scarlett â€“ called Scout. The parents thought up their daughterâ€™s nickname first. Other families are going the Bruce Willis-Demi Moore route and penning Scout on their daughtersâ€™ birth certificates, or at least Name Soiree spotted a girl named Scout Lake in Australia. And hereâ€™s one more â€“ an article about a family from Milwaukee. Theyâ€™re clearly ahead of the trend, as their Scout Elizabeth is eight.
Kai â€“ While weâ€™re talking about short names, Kai is one that has taken my neighborhood by storm. Iâ€™m not sure if the statistics bear this out â€“ Kai had yet to crack the US Top 200 as of 2010 â€“ but in the â€˜burbs of Washington DC, Kai feels like the new Jacob.
Caine â€“ My favorite Biblical boysâ€™ name has long been Abel, and I couldnâ€™t understand how anyone would consider using Cain. Or even Kane, though I concede heâ€™s a completely separate name. Then I watched the viral video about the enterprising young Caine Monroy, of Caineâ€™s Arcade fame, and I wonder if it is enough to completely revise my opinion. I suspect it is enough to give that slightly elaborate spelling a boost.
Arden â€“ Thanks to British American for pointing to a family with six nicely-named girls: Ophelia Chantelle, Lavinia Celeste Bailey, Helena Christelle, Evangeline Claire, Cosette Marguarite Constance, and new baby Arden Credence. While Arden fits in with her sistersâ€™ literary names, it does feel like thereâ€™s a more tailored trend at play.
Rock â€“ Would you let your sister-in-law name your baby? What if she insisted the name came to her in a vivid dream? Train frontman Pat Monahan and wife Amber went that route, naming their son Rock Richard after Amberâ€™s sis, Summer, insisted it was the right choice. The couple is also parents to a daughter â€“ Autumn, plus Pat has two older kids, Patrick, Jr. and Emilia. Madonna has a Rocco â€“ and Johnny Knoxville has a Rocko â€“ but could just Rock catch on?
Dylan River â€“ While weâ€™re talking about musicians and the monikers they choose, did you notice country crooner Joe Nichols and his wife Heather named their daughter Dylan River? Yes, their daughter. Both names have a history of use for girls, but the double-gender-neutral caught me by surprise. On reflection, maybe it is more like Arden â€“ proof that boysâ€™ names are getting shorter, and girlsâ€™ names are going frills-free.
Io â€“ NASAâ€™s Cassini spacecraft is sending back impressive pictures, including some of Jupiterâ€™s moon, Io. A nymph from Greek myth, Io has to be the ultimate miniature appellation â€“ just two letters, but still two syllables. Nancy noted that it has been given to a handful of girls in recent years.
Tillman â€“ At first glance, Tillman doesnâ€™t seem like a short name. Heâ€™s two syllables, with plenty of letters. Like many an on-trend choice from recent decades, heâ€™s a surname â€“ inspired by former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Pat Tillman, who turned down a lucrative contract with the team to serve in the US Army Rangers. He died in service in Afghanistan. Today a series of charity events keep his name alive â€“ and have inspired a boomlet in Arizona boys named Tillman. When shortened, Tillman becomes the intriguing Til â€“ an update to Tim and Will, or a time name rich with meaning, a cousin to Ever?
Would you ever use a short name? How short could you go? If you wouldnâ€™t put a mini name on your childâ€™s birth certificate, could you embrace a very short nickname?