Category: two-letter names
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.
By Gay Cioffi
When my son was about to be born, close to thirty years ago, there were very few resources for parents-to-be to turn to for ideas for names. Nothing as wonderful as Nameberry, for sure! As a veteran nursery school teacher of ten years, I had the added challenge of having favorite names already taken by my many students. I loved the name Oliver, but I would forever associate it with one of the adorable boys in my first nursery school class. And as the youngest in a family of three brothers and a sister, my older siblings had also gotten to favorites of mine, before I was even of childbearing age. I will never forget the phone call from my mother announcing that my sister Ann had just delivered a new baby girl and that she was naming her Jennifer. I went completely silent as I stood in the hallway of my college dorm. “What’s wrong?” my mother asked. I hesitated, but finally confessed that I was hoping someday to have a daughter named Jennifer. Of course, when I reached my sister by phone later that day I had only enthusiasm for the news of a new niece and her beautiful name.
Are miniature names growing on you? There have been Nameberry posts and discussion threads, and a steady uptick in birth announcements for children with very short names.
They’re not my style, but the more I hear them, the more I find them pleasing. I know a toddler called Royce and another named Nell. Then there are famous kids with bite-sized names, or nicknames – like Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s twins, referred to as Roc and Roe. Reducing an elaborate appellation like Araminta to something spare – Min, maybe? – feels rather elegant.
Are bare minimum names the next big thing? Hard to say, but they did seem to dominate baby name news this week.
Fia – Fiery Fiammetta is a lovely Italian option. Short form Fia shares something with two Top Ten favorites – Sophia and Mia. Sebastiane noted that Fia is a hit in the Faroe Islands. The islands are located halfway between Scotland and Iceland, making their given names an intriguing mix of Gaelic and Norse influences.
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: