Mini-Names: When You Need Something Short
They’re the miniest of appellations, beloved by novelists and children first learning to write their names. A handful just two letters long, these are names that get right to the point.
With a few exceptions, we skipped the obvious short forms: There’s no Jim, Ben, or Pam here. Also skipped some trendy favorites – Ava and Zac, for instance – that get so much play. We tried to be democratic, but to present a collection of names you might actually want to use.
But we’ve been talking long enough. Here, the shortest names in the book:
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on June 16th, 2009 at 6:18 am
There’s also my favorite – Io, from Greek myth.
I love Ida and Ivy, Van and Rex, Jeb and Dru. But I’m not a short name person – no matter how appealing the choice, longer names with lots of nickname options have always been my preference.
on June 16th, 2009 at 9:04 am
I, like Abby, was going to suggest Io too. My favorites are Ivy & Leo. I would use most of these names as nicknames, but I wouldn’t put it on the birth certificate.
on June 16th, 2009 at 9:58 am
Another short and sweet name that I’m crushing on lately for a little girl – Wren. Brynn and Wynne are also lovely.
on June 16th, 2009 at 10:17 am
We drew the line at three letters, but once you get to four, as in Wren, the field really opens up. Yes, Io, I forgot that one!!
on June 16th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
I think you should have added Liv, too. I love Liv! Ha ha it’s one of my favorite girl’s names of all time. It’s short, simple, and beautiful.
I also love Beatrice with the nickname Bea.
on June 16th, 2009 at 5:16 pm
After all these blog posts about nicknames, I keep waiting for about names that don’t have nicknames (kind of like mine). A friend is in search of a long boys name that won’t have a nickname. I am stumped and hoping it pops up on here soon!
on June 16th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
Look for it soon, Meredith! There’s also a long list of no-nickname names in our new book, Beyond Ava & Aiden, due out in about a week.
on June 16th, 2009 at 5:47 pm
Hmm. Not loving this list. Personally I like longer names. DUnno why. Can’t wait for tomorrows.
Emmy Jo Said
on June 18th, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Some of the nickname-names I love as nicknames (like Max, Wes, Cal, Dot, and Bea) but any child of mine would DEFINITELY get a longer form on the birth certificate.
My favorites of the three-letter names tend to be the ones that pack two syllables into a mere three letters — like Ada, Ivy, Eli, and Leo.
Especially with our one-syllable last name, I think I like something more substantive up front.
on February 8th, 2010 at 7:38 am
Avi for boys and Lea for girls ;-)) very old names
on March 18th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Lyn, Liz or Joy for girls,
Joa, Luk oder Pax for boys.
I like “short long combinations” like my daughters name “Mia Samantha”
on July 29th, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Also, Kit can be for girls, usually as a nickname for Katherine, etc.
on April 15th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
Sad to see my name doesnt even make it on the most obvious list..
on May 20th, 2012 at 6:36 pm
I love love love Po. There is something spunky and sweet and gentle about it.
Cute on a toddler, hip on a teen but I don’t know how it would work on an adult.
We are strongly considering using it for our new puppy but worry that it sounds too similar to the word “no!” which we will no doubt be using frequently….
on October 10th, 2012 at 1:18 pm
If I had married a man with a longer last name, my kids would have been Ivy, Zoe, and Max.
on November 29th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Mae…my sweet daughter’s nickname!
on November 29th, 2012 at 4:49 pm
I love Oz and I adore Po, it’s one of the reasons I chose my number one girl’s name, Po could be a nickname for it!
Don’t forget about Meg! 🙂
I saw Ray for boys but what about Rae for girls? Also, Ron, for the fellas.
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