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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  • Melia

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    This is a rich, melodic shortening of the British Number 1 Amelia that can stand on its own.  Read More 

  • Milla

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    Milla, or Mila, can actually be short forms of many names that end or begin in mila throughout Eastern Europe. Milla Jovovich is a Ukaranian-born actress and supermodel. Another idea, newly fashion... Read More 

  • Minta

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    Minta is an eighteenth century short form of a literary beauty still used in England today, but yet to be discovered by American baby namers. It has a fresh and dainty feel. Virtually unheard toda... Read More 

  • Nelia

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    This lively and appealing name originated as a short form of Cornelia, but is well able to stand on its own. Nelia is also often in the Hispanic culture, where it can be a short form of Manuela. I... Read More 

  • Nessa

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    Like its cousin Tessa, Nessa -- a shortening of Vanessa or Agnes or Anastasia among other possibilities -- is an attractive nickname that can stand on its own.  Read More 

  • Nica

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    More often spelled Nika, this is a well-used diminutive for the Eastern European Veronika, and there's no reason that the same principle can't apply in the West. It makes a venerated saint's name s... Read More 

  • Remy

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    The name of a fifth century saint, Remy sounds particularly modern and attractive and is being revived for both boys and girls, sometimes as Remi. It entered the popularity list in 2009, and has qu... Read More 

  • Rian

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    More authentic and original form of Ryan.  Read More 

  • Riella

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    If you have an aversion to Briella, you can shorten it even further to this. Read More 

  • Stasia

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    Anastasia is a lovely yet very long name, and Stasia is a fresher, classier short form than Stacy. Read More 

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