Short Baby Names

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.
  • Jed

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Jo

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Joy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Kai

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Kay

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Kit

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A name that has a bit of a shouldn't-I-be-a-middle-name sound, though still in use as a first for both genders. Read More 

  • Leo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Lia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Used throughout Europe and in Hawaii, Lia sounds just like its mother name Leah, but looks particularly pretty on paper. Lia is a Top 40 name in Germany.Read More 

  • Lin

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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