Short, Simple, Chic Baby Names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

When Americans think about chic European names, they tend to imagine the exotic, the elaborate, the intriguingly complicated and foreign.

Yet when Europeans think about chic names, they often these days mean the short and simple and sometimes even the Anglo-Saxon: Tom, Emma, Lou.  Think of them as the baby name equivalents of a perfectly-cut bob or little black dress, elegant and always in style.

Short, simple names that are chic and popular in France, the Netherlands, and indeed throughout Europe include:

Euroberries, do you see this trend happening in your corner of the world? What names would you include on this list?

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mill1020 Says:

June 11th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

I love this post. For boys in the U.S., I’d include Ezra, Jack and Will. For girls in the U.S., I think Anne is about to belong on the list.

annabelle Says:

June 12th, 2014 at 2:32 am

I’m in Belgium, and these are some more names that are popular here and that I think fit the definition:

boys:
Vic
Cas
Lou (it’s on the girls’ list, but here it’s more popular for boys)
Louis
Axel
Arno

girls:
Nina
Nora
Fleur
Oona
Laure
Lize/Lise/Lieze (all pronounced the same)
Lucie
Manon

Pam Says:

June 12th, 2014 at 6:24 am

Thank you, Annabelle! Great additions.

_Magnolia_ Says:

June 12th, 2014 at 7:10 am

Here are some short and chic names from Hungary that are popular (top 100) among newborn babies:

Girls:
Hanna
Anna
Luca (“Lou-tza”)
Emma
Nora
Lili
Zoe
Dora
Reka (“Ray-kuh”)
Lilla (“Lee-lluh”)
Lena
Sara
Greta
Adel
Flora
Aliz
Lara
Mira
Kira
Zita (“Zee-tuh”)
Lia
Bella
Szofi (“Sophie”)
Lotti
Hedi
Mia
Roza

Boys:
Adam
Aron
Noel
Mark
Akos (“Uh-kosh”)
Alex
Erik
Abel
Vince (“Vin-tze”)
Imre (“Eem-reh”)
Soma (“Sho-muh”)
Zente
Ivan

Whirligig Says:

June 12th, 2014 at 10:23 am

Oh what a lovely list!

tmurray Says:

June 12th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I teach in an international school in France. Here are some of my students’ names:

Inès
Anna
Clara
Lola
Lila
Nahla
Nora
Louise
Jeanne
Pauline

Tom
Arthur
Louis
Ivan
Jean
Charles
Loic
Victor

I have family in Spain and some short names that are popular there are:

Sara
Paula
Nora
Ana

Hugo
Pablo
Izan (that’s how they’ve transformed the English Ethan)

petrar Says:

May 20th, 2015 at 5:20 pm

I think one of the main reasons for the popularity of short(er) names is that nicknames are not very common. You’re either named Alexander or Lex and will go by the official form. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but few.

Some more populair short names in the Netherlands:

Girls
Puck
Isa
Elin
Nina
Roos (pronounced Rose)
Bo
Suus/Suze
Fien/Fiene (pronounced like -phine from Josephine)

Boys
Mick
Dex
Mats
Roan
Pim

elifsu Says:

July 9th, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Short, Simple and Chick from Turkey
Girls
Ada, Ala. Aden, Adel, Afra, Ahu, Alev. Alya, Anka
Arya, Asi,Asu
Bade, Bal, Banu
Dide, Dila, Doa, Duru
Ebra, Ebru, Ece, Eda, Ekin, Ela, Elif, Emel, Ezo
Fem
Gece, Giz
Hale
Idil, Ikra, Ilay, Ilya, Ilgi, Irem, Ilda, Izel
Lal, Lale, Lara, Lila, Loya, Lulu
Mavi, Mai, Maya, Mira
Nas, Nez, Nil, Nur
Peri
Rana
Sare, Su
Umut
Yade
Zara

Boys
Acun, Adem, Akif, Alp, Aras, Ata, Avni, Aziz
Baha, Baki, Batu, Berk
Cem
Dora
Efe, Ege, Emir, Erem, Eren, Eray, Erol
Faik
Ide, Idal
Kaan, Kani, Kut
Lami, Lema, Lemi, Lika, Liva
Mir
Nara
Pars
Radu, Rami, Rauf
Suat
Taha, Talu
Ulu, Utku, Uzay
Zeki, Zeyd, Ziya

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