Trending: Shortest, Sweetest Baby Names

June 2, 2016 Linda Rosenkrantz

Mini names are having a moment. Mia and Ava rank in the US girls’ Top Ten, and names like Max and Leo, Ian and Eli, are all popular for boys. It’s a minimalist approach to naming children, and a stylish one, too. So which little names are the next big thing? Here are the rising stars of this category, in three letters or less.


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.


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