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Mini-Names: When You Need Something Short

June 15, 2009 Pamela Redmond

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.

Some are short – very short – forms of more elaborate names.  Bea from Beatrice, for instance, or Jed from Jedidiah.  Others are merely their short and sweet selves: Fay, Tai, Rex.

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:

Two-letter Names

AL
BO
CY
DI
ED


EM
FE
HY
MO
OZ
PO
RY
TY
VI

Short forms

girls

BEA
CAM
DOT
DRU
KAY
SAM (obviously, for boys too)

boys

ART
ASH
CAL
GIG
GUS
HAL
IKE
JEB
JED
JOE
KIT
LOU
MAX
NAT
NED
RAY
TOM
WES

Three-letter names

girls

ADA
AMY
ANN
EVE
FAY
FIG
IDA
IVY
JOY
LUZ
MAE or MAY
NOA
PIA
TAI
ZOE

boys

ARI
DOV
ELI
FOX
GUY
IRA
JOB
KAI
LEO
LEX
PAX
REX
ROY
VAN
YUL
ZEN

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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