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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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  • Lux

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    This name of a character played by Kirsten Dunst in the movie Virgin Suicides , originally a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, is gaining attention, also thanks to the heroine Lux, Lady of Luminosity in ... Read More 

  • Mae

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    Mae, a sweet and springlike old-fashioned name, hadn't been on the national charts in forty years, but finally made it back in 2010. Mae is one of the prettiest middle name options (Eric Clapton ha... Read More 

  • Max

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    Max was transformed from cigar-chomping grandpa to rosy-cheeked baby in the 1980s, along with card-playing partners Sam and Jake. Never quite as popular as it seemed, Max is now, at Number 105, cl... Read More 

  • May

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    May is a sweet old-fashioned name that hasn't been on the national charts in several decades, but is definitely sounding fresh and springlike. Parents are beginning to see it once more as one of th... Read More 

  • Mia

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    Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly in the Top 10. Mia's success is largely attributable to Mia Farrow--born Maria. ... Read More 

  • Min

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    Puts the -min in diminutive.  Read More 

  • Moe

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    If Gus and Max have made it, why not Moe? Can it be the lingering Three Stooges effect? We think that Moe, like Joe, is one of the friendliest and most open of regular guy nickname names and should... Read More 

  • Ned

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    Ned is a gently old-fashioned Nancy Drew-Bobbsey Twins-era short form for Edward that sounds cooler than Ed and is enjoying a small style renaissance. Usage of Ned in literature goes back to a Ben... Read More 

  • Nia

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    Short but energetic and substantial, Nia has special meaning for African-American parents, as it's one of the days of Kwanza. Current bearers include actresses Long and Vardalos (born Antonia. Read More 

  • Oma

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