Names That Mean Short

  1. Milla
    • Origin:

      Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian
    • Meaning:

      "young ceremonial attendant, gracious people"
    • Description:

      Milla originated as a diminutive of names like Camilla and Ludmilla, but has since become well established as a name in its own right in several European countries. Milla Jovovich is a Ukrainian-born actress and supermodel.
  2. Ax
    • Origin:

      Word name or short form of Axel
    • Description:

      Ax makes a somewhat threatening short form of the popular Axel, given to more than 3000 baby boys last year. It can also be used on its own, though it usually isn't. There were, however, seven baby boys named Axe in the US in 2015.
  3. Velvet
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "a fabric characterized by a short soft dense warp pile"
    • Description:

      Velvet is a name that couldn't possibly be softer or more luxuriant. Many people have fond memories of it via the character of Velvet Brown, played by the young Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, an intrepid young woman willing to masquerade as a boy to race her horse in a dangerous steeplechase.
  4. Tavi
    • Origin:

      Feminine short form of David or short form of Octavia
    • Description:

      Tavi has been catapulted into the spotlight by teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. This cute name, previously not on anyone's scope, could be a way to honor an ancestral David or a short form of the luscious Octavia or could stand as a perfectly stylish name all on its own.
  5. Lyssa
    • Origin:

      Short form of Alyssa or Greek mythological name
    • Meaning:

      "anger, fury, rage"
    • Description:

      Most contemporary English speakers will hear the name Lyssa as short for the long-popular Alyssa or Melissa. But Lyssa is a bona fide Greek mythology name, though not a very appealing one.
  6. Nacho
    • Origin:

      Word name or short form of Ignacio
    • Description:

      Not unless you want your son to grow up to be just like a wacky Jack Black character.
  7. Nela
    • Origin:

      Variation of Nell or short form of Cornelia or any name ending in -nela
    • Description:

      Nela is a pretty if slight name that ranks among the Top 1000 for girls in the UK. It is commonly used throughout Europe as a short form for any range of names ending in -nela including Cornelia and Fenella, though it is widely used on its own.
  8. Rudy
    • Origin:

      German, short form of Rudolph
    • Meaning:

      "famous wolf"
    • Description:

      Rudy hasn't yet enjoyed the comeback of cousin name Ruby, despite having been chosen by hip couple Sadie Frost and Jude Law, but it still could happen.
  9. Courtney
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "courteous, from the court"
    • Description:

      This courtly old Southern name has several cool male bearers: NFL player Courtney Brown, British jazz musician Courtney Pine, and Barbados-born economist Courtney Blackman, to name but a few.
  10. Brea
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Bria or short form of Breana
    • Description:

      Brea is another spin on the increasingly-popular Bria, another entry in the stylish Mia-Leah-Gia sisterhood. While Bria is on the charts with an arrow toward the top, Brea is used more quietly, maybe because the spelling makes the pronunciation less clear. Is it bree-a or bray (answer: bree-a).
  11. Leonore
    • Origin:

      German short form of Eleanor
    • Description:

      Leonore is a melodic variation of the wide range of names related to Eleanor and, via a different root, Leonie that are so stylish throughout Europe right now and bound for greater visibility in the U.S. The name of one of the little princesses of Sweden, Leonore carries the gravity of Eleanor with more quirky charm.

      The only downside: Spelling and pronunciation confusion given so many similar variations, from Lenora to Leonie to Eleanora and onward.

  12. Aoibh
    • Origin:

      Celtic, Short Form Of aoibheann
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful, radiant"
    • Description:

      One of many Irish names that, despite pronunciation challenge, are beginning to be taken into consideration here as authentic Celtic versions of familiar English names.
  13. Sheba
    • Origin:

      Hebrew, short variation of Bathsheba
    • Meaning:

      "daughter of an oath"
    • Description:

      This biblical place-name for the region now known as Yemen started to feel fresh again as the name of the heroine of Zoe Heller's Notes on a Scandal, played on screen by Cate Blanchett.
  14. Thijs
    • Origin:

      Dutch short form of Matthijs
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God"
    • Description:

      Pronounced to rhyme with nice, Thijs is a popular Dutch name short for that country's form of Matthew. Matt Lauer's half-Dutch son is called Thijs.
  15. Gijs
    • Origin:

      Dutch short form of Gilbert
    • Description:

      Popular Dutch name Gijs, which rhymes with nice, originated as a short form of Gijsbert, which itself is a Dutch and Germanic form of Gilbert. Though in the Top 100 in The Netherlands, we don't see this emigrating beyond Amsterdam and environs.
  16. Tavia
    • Origin:

      Spanish short form of Octavia
    • Meaning:

      "eighth"
    • Description:

      Cute, distinctive diminutive for this regal-sounding name.
  17. Stijn
    • Origin:

      Dutch short form
    • Description:

      As you may surmise from its origins as a short form for Constantijn and Augustijn, Stijn rhymes with nine and fine, though most English-speakers wouldn't guess that. A popular name in the Netherlands that's obscure elsewhere, for reasons undoubtedly connected to its spelling and pronunciation issues.
  18. Charli
    • Origin:

      Variation of Charlie, short form of Charlotte or Charlene
    • Description:

      Variation of Charlie for those parents who are really looking to cut down on length. The Charli spelling may be most notable right now as the name of Tik-Tok star, dancer Charli D'Amelio.
  19. Coletta
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish variation of Colette or short form of Nicoletta
    • Description:

      Coletta is a Latin relative of the better-known French Colette, which is derived from Nicole and is ultimately a feminization of Nicholas. Only a handful of baby girls are named Coletta or Nicoletta in the US each year, making this one of the rarest of the many forms of the name.
  20. Michel
    • Origin:

      French form and German short form of Michael
    • Description:

      While the (male) French form is pronounced in English like the girls' name Michelle and the German form had a hard k-like sound in the middle, this variation of Michael is distinguished by being used evenly for girls and boys in the U.S. For either gender, though, pronunciation issues will dominate.