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Best Two Syllable Names

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Two syllable names are the most common, with half of the names in the US Top 10 following this pattern. Emma and Liam, the top names for baby girls and boys, have two syllables each.

Along with Emma, other two syllable baby names in the US Top 100 for girls include Ava, Mia, Harper, Scarlett, Luna, Chloe, Riley, and Nora. Along with Liam, other Top 100 boy names that contain two syllables include Noah, Jacob, Lucas, Ethan, Jackson, Owen, Ezra, Henry, Leo, and Wyatt. Internationally, two-syllable names including Bruno, Gaia, Marceau, and Signe are among the most fashionable choices.

Unique two syllable names we love include Anouk, Celeste, Orla, and Tessa. For boys, our favorite unique two syllable names include Booker, Forrest, Linus, and Remy.

Two syllable baby names tend to sound best with surnames that are, well, NOT two syllables. If you feel that a two-syllable name would strike the right balance with your shorter or longer last name, here are a selection of the best.

  • Abel

    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing.

    Abel has literary connections to the novels of... Read More 

  • Abner

    This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century,... Read More 

  • Adler

    Adler is a German surname that is beginning to be used occasionally as a first and is among the stylish new German names for... Read More 

  • Aiden

    Aiden is a variation of Aidan, the anglicized version of the Irish Aodhán. Aidan/Aodhán was originally a pet form of the Irish name Aodh (pronounced 'ee'), who was the old Celtic god of the sun... Read More 

  • Alice

    Alice was derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis. Adalhaidis, from which the name Adelaide is also derived, is composed... 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 

  • Amir

    A common Middle Eastern name, the general title for an elevated official, it was chosen for his son by actor Omar Epps. Read More 

  • Andrew

    Andrew is a variant of the Greek name Andreas, ultimately derived from the element aner, meaning “man.” In the New Testament, Andrew was one of the twelve apostles and the first disciple... 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 

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