Short and Strong Girl Names

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Short and strong girl names hit just the right note between feminine and feisty. Short girl names are great for balancing out a long surname or middle name, and they have the added bonus of being simple and straightforward to say and spell.

Our favorite short and strong names for girls range from classics like Kate, Eve and Anna, to cool vintage revivals like Alma, Ida and Tess, to modern mini-names with a punch, like Nico, Rue and Lux.

Many of the fabulous short and strong girl names on this list have powerful meanings to match. Try Cleo "glory", Veda "wisdom" or Zoya "life".

Here, browse a selection of our favorite short and strong baby girl names that pack a punch. Or, if you're having a boy, check out this post over on our blog about strong names for boys.

  • Ada

    Ada is derived from the German name Adelaide, which came from the ancient name Adalheidis. The root, adal, is a Germanic word meaning “noble.” Ada can also be considered a variation of... Read More 

  • Alix

    Several members of European royal family have borne this name, including Alix of France, Alix, Duchess of Brittany, and Alix of Hesse, Empress consort of Russia. More recent are Alix... Read More 

  • Alma

    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more.

    In addition to... Read More 

  • Amal

    Amal is an attractive name with a wonderful meaning that has long been used in many Middle Eastern countries, especially Lebanon (and migrant communities). It is of course getting a lot more... Read More 

  • Anna

    Anna is the Latin form of Hannah, a Hebrew name that derived from root chanan, meaning “grace.” European Christians embraced the name for its associations with the Virgin Mary’s mother,... Read More 

  • Anouk

    Anouk, made famous by French actress Anouk Aimée, is a singular name with a lovely sound and a Bohemian feel. Anouk Aimée was born as Francoise, but adopted the first name of the character she... Read More 

  • Ara

    Simple and yet distinctive, Ara is a mythological name of a famously handsome king. Although it originated as a boys' name, in the contemporary US, it's now much more commonly used for girls. ... Read More 

  • Asa

    A male Biblical name meaning healer, Asa is also an international gem. In Japanese, it means "(born in the) morning". And in Scandinavia, where it's generally spelled Åsa or Ása and pronounced... Read More 

  • Asha

    Asha is an Indian name that comes from the Sanskrit word for hope or desire, but it is also a Swahili name derived from Aisha, meaning life. Since the ascendance of Ashley through the 1980s and... Read More 

  • Bree

    A short, breezy name with a sophisticated yet upbeat image, that doesn't betray its Irish roots. Bree first came to notice here in 1971 via the complex prostitute character in the movie... Read More 

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