Trending: Shortest, Sweetest Baby Names
Minimalist baby namers with an eye to tradition can skip Samuel, Joseph, and Benjamin, and name their sons just Sam, Joe, and Ben. Jon also ranks in the US Top 1000, but other options, like Tom, Dan, Cal, Gus, Ike, Rob, and Ned remain rare. Sam is at Number 554.
- Violet, and every bit as vintage, too. Poison ivy might give some parents pause, but now the name is more associated with Beyonce’s Blue Ivy. At Number 129, Ivy is more popular than ever. Ivy is also associated with the number four, via the Roman numeral IV." >
- Ada is close to glamorous Ava, but has a different vibe. Pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace is a worthy namesake, and the name is a cousin to the very popular Adeline/Adelaide names, too. Ada currently ranks Number 357, but was a Top 100 choice around the year 1900." >
- Mary or Margaret, it’s also spelled May – as in the merry month. Screen legend Mae West was born Mary Jane. Today, Mae stands at Number 589, a rise of nearly 400 places since 2010." >
- Liv owes something to the popularity of Olivia, but it’s more than a nickname. It’s also a Scandi staple with Old Norse roots. In modern Scandinavian languages, Liv means life. Unheard in the US until the last few years, it currently stands at Number 720. Another imported mini name possibility? Luz, the Spanish word for light." >
- Noah is the top name for boys in the US. Noa isn’t just a feminine form of the popular pick – it’s a feminine name in the Bible, used for a daughter of Zelophehad. A long-time Number One name in Israel, Noa is now up to Number 762 in the US." >
- Anna is Frozen, Ana is español, and Anne is Green Gables. Three-letter Ann is as traditional and spare as Claire or Jane, but even shorter. As of 2015, Ann is the least popular of the Ann- names, but is gaining in use, up to Number 893. Fellow mini Ana is also on the rise, while the longer Anne and Anna have slipped." >
- Ezra and Asher are so popular, this name of an Old Testament king could be for you. It’s more traditional than Ace, but less expected than Eli. Asa currently stands at Number 531." >
- Ali and Avi rank, too, but Ari is a particularly appealing choice. With separate roots in Hebrew and Norse, Ari could mean lion or eagle. It’s also short for any Ari- name. Entourage’s Ari Gold made the name widely familiar, and it is now up to Number 402 – a new high." >
- Max, of Where the Wild Things Are fame, has been huge. Jax followed Max, and now it is Dax’s turn. We first met Dax as a character in The Adventurers, a 1970s bestseller by Harold Robbins. That’s how actor Dax Shepard got his name. Dax currently ranks Number 549." >
- Bo was part-Bo Derek, part-Dukes of Hazzard. Now it’s more popular than ever at Number 616. The only other two-letter name to rank is another mini name for boys: Ty." >
- Samuel, Joseph, and Benjamin, and name their sons just Sam, Joe, and Ben. Jon also ranks in the US Top 1000, but other options, like Tom, Dan, Cal, Gus, Ike, Rob, and Ned remain rare. Sam is at Number 554." >
- King and Messiah, are on the rise. Factor in the mini names trend, and it’s no surprise we’re meeting boys called Rex – the Latin word for king, and Rey, the Spanish equivalent. Rey is also the name of the (female) hero from the new Star Wars series. Rex ranks Number 682, and Rey, Number 903." >
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on June 3rd, 2016 at 6:46 am
If Ari means both lion and eagle, does it make its meaning griffin?
on June 3rd, 2016 at 6:01 pm
I must be on board with the mini-name trend because I love a lot of these names! Especially, Ari, Ada, Ivy, Noa (for a girl and probably as a nickname for Magnolia), and Gus (nn for August). And we are planning on naming our baby boy due in the fall Cal. 🙂
on June 3rd, 2016 at 9:10 pm
I kind of like Asa.
on June 4th, 2016 at 12:13 pm
I love Ivy! Ari is cute too, but at that point Id just use the name Aria and the nn could be Ari… Anyways, there is a certain appeal to the short no frills names listed here 🙂
on June 5th, 2016 at 3:09 am
I love a lot of short names, many in this list are favourites of mine.
I’m also very fond of Cy and Kit.
on June 5th, 2016 at 12:05 pm
Asa is my son’s name, and while I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I fall more in love with its, and his, sweet, handsome simplicity everyday. Ari, which like Asa is 100% boy to me, though lots of people like above commenter seem to see Ari or Asa and think girl, is another short boy name I LOVE and find so handsome. Would Asa and Ari be too close for brothers? I often wonder. Other short names I’m loving lately: Cal (sooooo cool to hear someone above is using this name!), Sid, Beau, and Gus.
on June 6th, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Love Mae, Ty and Bo. Cal is on my list as a nickname.
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