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Baby Names with Repeating Sounds

Baby Names with Repeating Sounds
We're in a nickname-friendly era, and these adorable double baby names like Coco and Lulu are in keeping with that trend.

Baby names with repeating sounds are primarily used as nicknames, and none of them independently rank within the US Top 1000. However, don’t be surprised if you hear names such as Vivi, Gigi, Cece, and Lili called out on the playground, as all are common short forms of popular given names. If you want something stylish but more distinctive, try Zuzu, Lolo, or Mimi.

With the exception of Bobo and Nana, all baby names with repeating sounds are used for baby girls. View our full collection of double-sound baby names below.

For nicknames in all styles, you may enjoy our ultimate guide to nicknames.

Baby Names with Repeating Sounds

CocoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and French pet name
  • Description:

    Coco came to prominence as the nickname of the legendary French designer Chanel (born Gabrielle) and has lately become a starbaby favorite, initially chosen by Courteney Cox for her daughter Coco Riley in 2004. At first it was the kind of name that the press loves to ridicule, but we predict Coco's heading for more broad acceptance and even popularity.

KikiHeart

  • Origin:

    French nickname and Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "double happiness"
  • Description:

    Kiki is one of the Coco-Gigi-Fifi-Lulu bohemian-type French nickname names from the turn of the last century, which have endless energy and sparkle. Artist Kiki Smith is its most well-known contemporary representative, and Kiki was the inspiring heroine of Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Kiki can be a nickname for any name beginning with the K sound, from Katherine to Christina to Kayla.

LuluHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Louise or Lucy, or Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    Lula has a firecracker personality, a singing and dancing extrovert. Interesting that Lulu was a Top 100 name when the Social Security list was born in 1880, but it's been sliding ever since and has not been in the Top 1000 for decades. Modern parents in love with Lulu might well reverse that trend.

GigiHeart

  • Origin:

    French diminutive
  • Description:

    Like high-kicking amies Coco and Fifi, Gigi has a lot of Gallic spunk but lacks substance. Was chosen for her daughter by designer Cynthia Rowley. While some parents might fashionably use Gigi on its own, we'd recommend lengthening it on the birth certificate to something like Georgiana or Gabrielle.

CeceHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Cecelia, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "blind one"
  • Description:

    Cece, all by itself, gained notice as the nickname of Jim and Pam's baby on television's The Office. On the show as in real life, Cece is often short for Cecelia or even Cecilia, but it can also be a short form of just about any C name. Cece -- or, less elegantly, CeCe -- can also be a stylish nickname name used all by itself, ala Coco and Lulu. If you really love girl names starting with C, this is one way to express your devotion every time you say your daughter's name!

MimiHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Mary, Miriam, and others
  • Description:

    Sweet, nicknamey name belonging to the tragic heroines of both La Bohème and Rent. Mimi might feel too slight for many parents to use on the birth certificate, but as a short form, it's one of the cutest of the cute baby names

FifiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Josephine
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    Fifi is a perfect name -- for a French poodle. But Fifi may seem more child-friendly as names like Coco and Lulu rise. Fifi in its fluffiness also balances the seriousness of such full names as Josephine or Federica.

ViviHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Viv- names
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivi is a short form of all the Vivian and Viveca forms that is sure to get a lot more attention now that a little Jolie-Pitt girl has been named Vivienne.

ZuzuHeart

  • Origin:

    Czech diminutive of Susan
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Zuzu is heard every Christmas as the name of Jimmy Stewart's little girl in "It's a Wonderful Life." Hard to think of a nickname name with more sizzle.

    "Top Chef" 's Tania Peterson named her daughter Zuzu Audrey.

BibiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Persian, or diminutive of Bibiana
  • Meaning:

    "toy; delight; lady of the house; life"
  • Description:

    A spunky nickname name for parents with showbiz aspirations for their daughter.

PippiHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse variation of Philippa
  • Meaning:

    "lover of horses"
  • Description:

    Pippi may be cute but isn't very practical. In addition to being forever Pippi Longstocking, there is that variant pee-pee spelling to consider. Try Pippa instead.

KokoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese, Native American
  • Meaning:

    "stork; night"
  • Description:

    A funkier version of Coco that may be more appealing if you have Japanese or Native American heritage. Koko comes from the Blackfoot tribe, native to what is now Montana and Alberta, Canada.

JojoHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Jo-beginning names
  • Description:

    Sprightly and engaging nickname for human, full name for pet.

BebeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Beatrice or any other B name
  • Description:

    High-kicking cohort of Coco, Gigi, Fifi, Kiki, et al.

SissyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Cecilia; pet name for "sister"
  • Meaning:

    "sister"
  • Description:

    Old-fashioned nickname for a sister, almost never heard today.

LiliHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Lily or diminutive of Lilian
  • Description:

    Lili has been blooming in many forms for a couple of decades now. The Lili version will surely get more attention now that the Duke and Duchess of Susses, aka Harry and Meghan, are using is as a short form for their daughter Lilibet Diana's name. Lili makes the slight and light though that is not necessarily a bad thing; it also mutes the name's floral identity and gives it a cute and quirky repetitive spelling, ala Coco and Lulu. A famous German song is titled Lili Marlene.

NiniHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of names beginning with Ni-
  • Description:

    A nickname for names such as Nina, Nicole, and any others containing the "ni" element. Olivia Rodrigo's character Nina "Nini" Salazar-Roberts in the High School Musical series has made it fresh for a new generation.

ZsazsaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hungarian, , diminutive of Erzsebet
  • Meaning:

    "God is my oath"
  • Description:

    Zsa Zsa is a zippy Hungarian nickname name, sometimes used independently, linked for decades with the Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor--who was born Sari.

DodoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Dorothy
  • Description:

    Dodo is one of the few names of the cute repeating-sounds genre that is not alas so cute, being a slang word for someone brainless as well as the name of the infamous extinct bird. Dot, Dottie, Dory, or Thea are all preferable.

ZiziHeart

  • Origin:

    African, Kiswahili
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Despite its varied cultural ties, Zizi still sounds like a cancan dancer or a fluffy lapdog.

BoboHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Robert
  • Description:

    Bobo was the name of one of the most famous clowns in American circus history, who performed from the 1920s until the 1970s. But that's not the only reason this makes a less-than-optimal nickname.

LalaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "laurel"
  • Description:

    If it's possible for a name to be too musical, this one is.

LoloHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Caroline
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    A peppy nickname name associated with Lolo (born Lori) Jones, American track and field champ.

DidiHeart

  • Origin:

    Pet name for Di-starting names
  • Description:

    Not as lively or independent as Gigi, Kiki, or Coco.

DeedeeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Dee-starting names
  • Description:

    In its mid-20th century heyday, Deedee -- or Didi or Dede -- was not infrequently used as a name in its own right. It's a cute, or maybe cutesy, short form of names like Deanne.

NanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Anna and Nancy; also Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "spring"
  • Description:

    To most English speakers, Nana is the dog in Peter Pan, the daughter played by Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love, and another name for Grandma.

JujuHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of names beginning with Ju-
  • Description:

    An informal nickname for names such as Julia, Juliette, and June.

LoulouHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Louise or Louisa
  • Description:

    Loulou is more likely to be fashioned as Lulu today, but as a short form for any of the Louise names, Loulou is the more logical if more cumbersome spelling. Adorable, in either version.

ZazaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "movement"
  • Description:

    Almost too za-za-zoom for its own good.

LeeleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Liliane
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Actress Leelee Sobieski's real name is Liliane, after her French grandmother -- a better choice for any baby-namer.

DedeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of names starting with D
  • Description:

    Of all the names with repeating sounds, Dede isn't the first we'd use (Lulu or Coco, maybe), but it certainly isn't the last — we much prefer it to Dodo or Fifi.

BabaHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Barbara
  • Description:

    When the once-popular Barbara makes a comeback, so might Baba.

TataHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of any T-starting name
  • Description:

    Some sources connect Tata to. variety of origins and meanings, most often "father", but as a name in English-speaking countries it might be a nickname for Tatiana or something similar.

NanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Ghanaian
  • Meaning:

    "king"
  • Description:

    Nana, most often used for girls as a a short form of Anna or Nancy, is an African name for boys meaning king or in some translations, "born on Tuesday." Isaac Hayes used the name for his son.

GuguHeart

  • Origin:

    Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele
  • Meaning:

    "treasure"
  • Description:

    Gugu is derived from the word igugu, meaning "treasure." It's commonly used as a nickname for Gugulethu.

GeegeeHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of any G-starting name
  • Description:

    Geegee is more often styled as Gigi, though as a short form for Georgia, this spelling may make more sense