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Sometimes -- when your last name is long and elaborate, when you simply believe in simplicity -- what you want most from baby names is that they be short. Sweet, maybe; mono-syllabic, possibly. But the most important quality: short. Here are some baby names that fit the bill.
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  • Ada

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    Ada was a favorite at the end of the nineteenth century that has started to come back in the past few years. Some may seek it out as an alternative to the overpopular Ava, and it's also part of the... Read More 

  • Al

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  • Ala

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    Also an Arabic name meaning "excellence, supremacy"; could be confused as a homonym for Allah, or as part of a phrase like a la mode. Read More 

  • Amy

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    Amy was second only to Jennifer for the whole decade of the 1970s and, though far less used for babies today, remains a short, sweet Little Women -style classic. When asked which seventies name mig... Read More 

  • Ann

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    Ann, the name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls' names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970... Read More 

  • Ara

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    Ara is one of the most melodious in the Armenian name pool, familiarized by Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian. This multi-origined name has new possibilities thanks to such high-profile pers... Read More 

  • Ari

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    This short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a male name than its progenitor does. It is also short for Aristotle, as in Onassis, and is a prom... Read More 

  • Art

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    Its meaning may be creative; its abbreviated sound is not.  Read More 

  • Ash

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    Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the "Pokemon" cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton,... Read More 

  • Ava

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    Ava was given a huge popularity boost -- Ava's currently at Number 5 -- when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters. This Glamour Girl... Read More 

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