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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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  • Oz

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    This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the B... Read More 

  • Pam

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    This mild-mannered short form was Queen of the Prom in the fifties and sixties, but today is mostly heard on TV's The Office (and of course as one of the founders of Nameberry). Read More 

  • Pat

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    As seen on SNL, Pat is the ultimate androgynous name. Stick with long form Patrick, and make sure everyone calls him Patrick.  Read More 

  • Pax

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    Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of publicity when chosen by Brad & Angelina for their Vietnamese-born son. Pare... Read More 

  • Per

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    So simple, yet so exotic: a prime candidate for export.  Read More 

  • Pia

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    Soft name in the Mia-Nia-Tia family, Pia is heard in both European and Hindi languages.  Read More 

  • Ray

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    Ray, still and forever, is one of the all-time hippest names, with its jazzy Ray Charles biopic overtones. It makes a cool middle name (as Rae does for girls), but works perfectly fine as a first.... Read More 

  • Rio

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    Rio is a reductive ranchero place-name with an attractive Tex-Mex lilt. No Doubt's Tom Dumont has a son named Rio Atticus. Also a South American place name, and associated with the Rio Grande, i... Read More 

  • Roy

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    We've seen Ray regain his cool, but could this country/cowboy name epitomized by Roys Rogers (born Leonard Slye), Acuff, and Clark, do the same? Roy came into use in the late nineteenth century, p... Read More 

  • Rue

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    Rue has gone from Golden Girls actress to Hunger Games heroine. This botanical name is also a double word name, meaning regret in English and street in French, and has real potential as a middle na... Read More 

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