Category: Spellings, Sounds and Initials

Two-Letter Baby Names: Bo,Ty and Vi

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By Abby Sandel

They’re the littlest of the mini names – just two letters. If you’re a minimalist mom in a tiny house, keeping it brief might appeal. Or maybe you’re looking for a compact middle to balance a longer first name, last name, or both.

Whatever your reasons, a handful of two-letter names do seem to stand on their own. These aren’t the Als and Eds of a previous generation. Those were almost always short for Albert, Alfred, Edward, and similar traditional choices. Instead, these mini names combine modern style with a fresh, simple sound.

If two-letter names seem too brief, consider this: Mia and Ava regularly rank in the girls’ Top Ten. Factor in more popular three-letter names like Max, Leo, Zoe, and Kai, and it’s easy to see that mini names wear just fine. If three letters work well, a two-letter name can be every bit as great a choice.

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Short Boy Names: Hal, Heath and Hugh

By Abby Sandel

Do you like your boy names long or short?

For every Oliver and Sebastian, there’s a Leo and Kai. But lately celebrity birth announcements have trended towards the single-syllable. Benedict Cumberbatch named his son Hal, a little brother for Kit. Tori Spelling welcomed new baby Beau. We recently learned that The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun went with Jude for his firstborn, and so did musician Jaren Johnson.

Within the big category of short and sweet names for sons there are styles to suit nearly everyone. Let’s take a look of the up-and-comers from the US popularity charts, plus some that are big on Nameberry, organized by category. From old school revivals to modern discoveries, short boy names make for a long list of possibilities.

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Girl Names: In Love with Olivia

By Abby Sandel

Not only has Olivia been a Top Ten favorite for the entire twenty-first century, it’s currently the second most popular name for girls born in the US, just a tick behind Emma.

If you’re in love with Olivia, but aren’t wild about your daughter sharing her name, here’s a solution: seventeen gorgeous girl names, all starting with O and ending in –ia. But not a one of these cracks the current US Top 100. In fact, most of these names fall far outside of the Top 1000.

Instead of Olivia, consider:

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Boy Names: Meaningful Minis

By Abby Sandel

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego made a surprise announcement this weekend. Their family has grown! New son Zen joins big brothers Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio.

Zen sounds exactly like the kind of name the Perego-Saldanas love: short, modern, with a great sound and lots of meaning.

It’s not just Zoe and Marco, though. Modern meaningfuls, short on letters but big on style, continue to grow in use. Zoe’s own name fits the category, as do other rising picks like Bodhi, Zion, and Ace.

Some of these names work equally well for a son or a daughter, and most would make great middle spot choices, too.

Here are nine of the best meaningful boy names, mini style.

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By Kara Blakley

As I wrote about in the recent boys’ article, TH is a trending sound in names. At the end of 2015, Nameberry predicted that TH would be the digraph of 2016, and indeed the past year saw a lot more of names like Theo and Thea. Nameberry suggested that we would also hear more of Dorothy, Thalia, Dorothea, Theodora, Meredith, Edith, Ruth, and Judith, which are all on the rise or poised to be. In today’s list, I’d like to expand the list of possibilities. One of my personal interests is finding unusual names that feel modern: identifying a trending sound and then finding uncommon names within that group is one way to do it. For that reason, I’m avoiding the most enduring names like Elizabeth as we now turn to the girls.

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