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By Gay Cioffi

When my son was about to be born, close to thirty years ago, there were very few resources for parents-to-be to turn to for ideas for names.  Nothing as wonderful as Nameberry, for sure!  As a veteran nursery school teacher of ten years, I had the added challenge of having favorite names already taken by my many students.  I loved the name Oliver, but I would forever associate it with one of the adorable boys in my first nursery school class.  And as the youngest in a family of three brothers and a sister, my older siblings had also gotten to favorites of mine, before I was even of childbearing age. I will never forget the phone call from my mother announcing that my sister Ann had just delivered a new baby girl and that she was naming her Jennifer. I went completely silent as I stood in the hallway of my college dorm.  “What’s wrong?” my mother asked. I hesitated, but finally confessed that I was hoping someday to have a daughter named Jennifer.  Of course, when I reached my sister by phone later that day I had only enthusiasm for the news of a new niece and her beautiful name.

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel ‘s picks of The Nameberry 9 newsiest options focuses on the trend for  short and sweet baby names.

Are miniature names growing on you?  There have been Nameberry posts and discussion threads, and a steady uptick in birth announcements for children with very short names.

They’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 – like Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s twins, referred to as Roc and Roe. Reducing an elaborate appellation like Araminta to something spare – Min, maybe? – feels rather elegant.

Mini names have their advantages. It is easier to fit Mia in a tweet than Isabella. Which reminds me – Twitter was founded by four men – Jack, Noah, Evan, and Biz. Biz is short for Christopher.

Are bare minimum names the next big thing? Hard to say, but they did seem to dominate baby name news this week.

Fia – Fiery Fiammetta is a lovely Italian option. Short form Fia shares something with two Top Ten favorites – 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.

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They’re the miniest of appellations, beloved by novelists and children first learning to write their names.  A handful just two letters long, these are names that get right to the point.

Some are short – very short – forms of more elaborate names.  Bea from Beatrice, for instance, or Jed from Jedidiah.  Others are merely their short and sweet selves: Fay, Tai, Rex.

With a few exceptions, we skipped the obvious short forms: There’s no Jim, Ben, or Pam here.  Also skipped some trendy favorites – Ava and Zac, for instance – that get so much play.  We tried to be democratic, but to present a collection of names you might actually want to use.

But we’ve been talking long enough.  Here, the shortest names in the book:

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