Celebrities Love Short Names, and So Do We!
Short baby names are flavor of the month, it seems. Scrolling through the latest celebrity baby names — Sam, Bo, Dove, Ames, Keats, Axel — what you notice? Wait, I already said it: they’re all short. Most have 3 or 4 letters, most have only one syllable.
You can no doubt think of many other starkids with short, sweet names. To name but a few, there’s Anne Hathaway’s son Jack. Behati Prinsloo’s daughter Gio. Alanis Morissette’s Ever and Onyx, the Fixer Uppers’ Drake, Duke and Crew, Beyoncé’s Blue, Sir and Rumi, Brangelina’s Pax and Knox. They get there through many different style routes, but all these parents decided that less was more.
And of course, they’re not alone. Thousands of parents each year give their babies mini-names, not least the most popular names in the US, Emma and Liam, and their companions in the Top Ten, Ava, Mia and Noah.
So why choose a shorter name? If you’re not a fan of nicknames, short names tend to be less prone to them – although I’m sure there’s many an Eve who goes by Evie and Rory known as Roro. They can be simpler to spell and pronounce, though again there are exceptions, like Maya (better ask her if it’s “May” or “My”) and Beau (or is it Bo, Boe or maybe Bow?). They are also among the most international of names: the fewer the sounds, the more chance it will turn up in multiple languages — just ask Kai or Ria.
Another plus? If you love customized items, you can have the whole name as a monogram.
If you like the idea of a short name but aren’t sure where to start looking, these 12 taster lists will help you narrow down your style. We’ve included names of 2, 3 and 4 letters — even within these, there are so many possibilities.
After the Top 10 names, these are some of the most popular short names right now. All are in the US Top 50.
Looking for a short name that doesn’t lean boy or girl? These are some of the most popular options.
With all the sleek style of an art deco piece, these names are so old they’re new again.
Trends come and go, but these names won’t feel dated — and your child will be in company with namesakes down the ages.
Sure, they can be short for other names. But if the nickname is what you really love, these options can stand alone too.
We can’t bottle “the rest of the world” into just 10 names! This is just the tip of the top of the iceberg of short names that fit into multiple languages and cultures.
These names owe their success to on-screen characters, celebrities and their babies. But most have taken on a life of their own, so you don’t have to be a superfan to use them.
For English speakers, names ending in O — for boys and girls — are a bit unexpected, a bit exotic, and very cool. These 10 names are full of style and energy.
The coolest biblical names today are conspicuous Old Testament choices with an old-time feel. They don’t all have to be long like Jeremiah: here are 10 lovely short picks.
Do you like your surnames gentle or tough, cowboy or preppy? In just 4 letters, they can span the full style range.
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on March 6th, 2020 at 7:10 am
I love Opal and Shea.
on March 8th, 2020 at 3:58 pm
I thought this name game would be harder, but there was a surprisingly large amount of syllable variation.
Adam Teal (Eeeeey, it’s me!)
Cody Fox (I promise I don’t always put animal names in the middle in my hypotheticals!)
Juno Ruth (I am a sucker for a repeated sound in names, and I feel it works especially well with two short names.)
on March 11th, 2020 at 10:36 am
I always worry with short names about whether they’ll be sad not to have obvious nicknames (mine only had a couple of nickname options and I didn’t like either so I asked to be called something else entirely!).
Still, some sweet combo possibilities:
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