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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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  • Jed

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    Cowboyish short form that's both macho and cool. Got prime time exposure on The West Wing. Read More 

  • Jo

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    Still evokes the spunky image of the character in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.  Read More 

  • Joy

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    Joy is from an older generation of word names, which also included Merry, Bliss, and Glory -- all of which exert personality pressure on a child. One interesting name that means the same thing: Chara. Read More 

  • Kai

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    Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name -- meaning "sea" in Hawaiian, "forgiveness" in Japanese, "willow tree" in Navajo, and "earth" in Scandinavian-- that packs a lot of power in i... Read More 

  • Kay

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    Kay, a cigarette-smoking, nightclubbing name of the 1930's, could be ready for a comeback along with cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae. Kay has been out of sight since the mid-eighties, but was in the ... Read More 

  • Kit

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    Nickname occasionally used on its own, has a bit of a western twang thanks to Kit Carson. Actress Jodie Foster used it for her son. Also used as a female pet form of KATHERINE. Read More 

  • Lee

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    A name with a feeble shouldn't-I-be-a-middle-name sound.  Read More 

  • Leo

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    Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes, and is now on the upswing partly thanks to Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem call... Read More 

  • Lia

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    Used in Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia, and Hawaii, Lia sounds just like Leah, but looks particularly pretty on paper. It's fast-rising, jumping from #378 to #351 in 2012.  Read More 

  • Lin

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