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Streamlined Baby Names

Another approach to creative baby naming, this one as old as ElizaBETH and EuGENE, is to drop the first syllable or syllables, or even an initial letter of a name. These days, for instance, Drew and Ward are cooler baby names than Andy or Ed. Here are some other possibilities but, as with most recipes, feel free to improvise.
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  • Arley

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    Sounds a bit like Harley pronounced with a cockney accent.  Read More 

  • Briella

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    If you feel, as many parents do, that Gabby or Gabi is too harsh a short form for the mellifluous name Gabriella, try Brie, Brielle, or Briella. Read More 

  • Cilla

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    Takes the priss out of Priscilla.  Read More 

  • Colm

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    Colm is a popular boys' name in Ireland that could immigrate, especially with its peaceful meaning. Colm Toibin is a contemporary Irish novelist and critic, author of The Master and Brooklyn ; Colm... Read More 

  • Drea

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    Introduced via Sopranos star Drea (born Andrea) de Matteo, and catching on with a wider audience.  Read More 

  • Jelica

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    Calls to mind the world Jellicle, as in CATS. But still classier than Angie.  Read More 

  • Kiel

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    Sharp attractive name that looks and feels exactly like Keil, a German name that means "wedge." Read More 

  • Livia

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    Though it sounds like a chopped-off variation of Olivia, the distinctively attractive Livia has been an independent name since the days of the ancient Romans, when it belonged to Livia Drusilla, th... Read More 

  • Lonzo

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    Adds some dash and substance to Lon.  Read More 

  • Manda

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    The full version is prettier.  Read More 

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