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.

  • Tana

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    An Ethiopian place-name and diminutive for several Slavic names that's somewhat slight but is enjoying new visibility thanks to bestselling mystery writer Tana French. Pronounced as it is spelled... Read More 

  • Tavia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Cute, distinctive diminutive for this regal-sounding name.Read More 

  • Tilda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Actress Tilda Swinton injected this dated nickname name with some modern charm. Read More 

  • Via

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Could be a short form of Sylvia, Olivia, or any other similar name. Or a vivid Italian word name.Read More 

  • Ving

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Actor Rhames's imaginative shortening of the prosaic Irving, giving it new life and energy. Read More 

  • Xander

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    One of the newer short forms of Alexander, Xander is a spelling that first saw the spotlight via Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and then as Vin Diesel's character in XXX. Mad... Read More 

  • Xandra

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Like most X names, pronunciation would surely be a problem for other kids, at least until they're able to say and spell xylophone. Read More 

  • Ziza

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This was the name of two men mentioned in the Bible; Aziza might be a better choice. Read More 

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