Streamlined Baby Names

Another approach to creative baby naming, this one as old as ElizaBETH and EuGENE, is to drop the first syllable or syllables, or even an initial letter of a name. These days, for instance, Drew and Ward are cooler baby names than Andy or Ed. Here are some other possibilities but, as with most recipes, feel free to improvise.

  • Arley

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Sounds a bit like Harley pronounced with a cockney accent. Read More 

  • Briella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    If you feel, as many parents do, that Gabby or Gabi is too harsh a short form for the mellifluous name Gabriella, try Brie, Brielle, or Briella.Read More 

  • Cilla

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Takes the priss out of Priscilla. Read More 

  • Colm

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Colm is a popular Irish name for boys that could immigrate, especially with its peaceful meaning. Colm Toibin is a... Read More 

  • Drea

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    Introduced via Sopranos star Drea (born Andrea) de Matteo, and catching on with a wider audience. Read More 

  • Jelica

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Calls to mind the world Jellicle, as in CATS. But still classier than Angie. Read More 

  • Kiel

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Sharp attractive short form which has a nautical translation in German: "keel" (although it isn't used as a name there).

    Fun fact: the similarly spelt Kieł is the name of Hagrid's dog Fang... Read More 

  • Livia

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    Though it sounds like a chopped-off variation of Olivia, the distinctively attractive Livia has been an independent name since the days of the ancient Romans, when it belonged to Livia... Read More 

  • Lonzo

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    Adds some dash and substance to Lon. Read More 

  • Manda

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    The full version is prettier. Read More 

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