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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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  • Tana

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    An Ethiopian place-name and diminutive for several Slavic names that's somewhat slight but is enjoying new visibility thanks to bestselling mystery writer Tana French. Read More 

  • Tavia

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    Cute, distinctive diminutive for this regal-sounding name. Read More 

  • Tilda

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    Actress Tilda Swinton injected this dated nickname name with some modern charm.  Read More 

  • Via

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    Could be a short form of Sylvia, Olivia, or any other similar name. Or a vivid Italian word name. Read More 

  • Ving

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    Actor Rhames's imaginative shortening of the prosaic Irving, giving it new life and energy.  Read More 

  • Xander

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    One of the newer short forms of Alexander, Xander is a spelling that first saw the spotlight via Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and then as Vin Diesel's character in XXX . This relative newcomer, along... Read More 

  • Xandra

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    Like most X names, pronunciation would surely be a problem for other kids, at least until they're able to say and spell xylophone.  Read More 

  • Ziza

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    This was the name of two men mentioned in the Bible; Aziza might be a better choice.  Read More 

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