One-Syllable Baby Names
One-syllable baby names include Claire, Anne, James, John, Eve, Ben, Faith, Gus, Jane, Kate, Kit, Lou, King, Maeve, Max, Sam, Pearl, Reid, True, Wren, and Zane, all right in style. One-syllable names may be appealing because of their simplicity and sleekness in a complicated world. One syllable baby names feel modern, although many of them have deep roots.
Single syllable baby names may not be first on the popularity list right now, which is dominated by two syllable boy names like Liam and Noah and two syllable girl names such as Emma and Ava. The top one syllable names in the US are Grace for girls and James for boys.
Along with Grace, the only other one syllable girl name that ranks in the US Top 100 is Claire. There are more boy names ranking in the Top 100. Along with James, the most popular boy names in the Top 100 with one syllable are John, Luke, and Miles.
Many parents seek one syllable names for the middle names, which is a great idea. But they certainly inhabit first place nicely too. Here, our picks for the best one syllable names for baby boys and girls today.
Description:This nature name hasn't escaped the hippie dippy air of others like River or Sky.
Origin:French variation of English Ann and Hebrew Hannah
Description:The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970 but Anne is still among the most classic names for girls, although others are more likely to choose the original Hannah, the Anna variation, or even Annabel or Annabella.
Origin:Diminutive of Arthur
Meaning:"noble one; bear man"
Description:Though short and brisk, no nickname name could have a more creative image. Comic actor Chris O'Dowd named his son Art, as in his native Ireland it's used as a name on its own, separate from Arthur., coming from an ancient word for “”a bear,”” and used in the sense of “”outstanding warrior”” or “”champion.”” A pagan High King of Ireland, Art’s rule was so honest that two angels hovered over him in battle.
Origin:Diminutive of Asher, English
Description:Ash has Southern charm plus the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the Pokemon cartoons. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton, or any other "Ash" name.
Description:Ayn is a nonconformist name associated with controversial Russian-born writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, (born Alisa) author of The Fountainhead, who adopted it when she moved to the US in 1926.
Origin:Word name and surname
Description:Banks as a girls' name was brought into the lexicon by actress Hilary Duff and musician Matthew Koma, who chose it for their daughter, Banks Violet. As both a surname and a word name, Banks refers to financial establishments as well as river banks.
Description:One of the most usable of the pleasant, newly adopted nature/water names (like Lake and Ocean), especially in middle position.
Description:Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for his boy Buddy, and more recently Alicia Silverstone called her son Bear Blu., followed by Kate Winslet's Bear Blaize. It's part of a current trend normalizing once aggressive animal names like Wolf and Fox. Bear is now Number 218 on Nameberry and in the Top 900 in England.
Origin:Short form of Rebecca or English
Meaning:"one living beside a small stream"
Description:Although the single-named singer is male, this might be a girl's nickname name or a sleek nature name that's perfect in the middle.
Origin:Animal name or diminutive of Beatrice
Meaning:"she who brings happiness"
Description:We've seen Beatrice and Beatrix climb in popularity, along with traditional nickname Bea. And now there's Bee, giving it a buzzy nature world spin, plus a tie to popular late night TV''s Samantha Bee, not to mention Aunt Bee on the old The Andy Griffith Show TV show. Bee can theoretically be short for any girl names starting with B.
Origin:English and Scottish occupational name
Meaning:"ringer of the bell"
Description:These days, it's more likely you'd call your daughter the popular Belle or Bella.
Description:Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it's somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation's Bob or Bill.
Origin:Diminutive of Elizabeth
Meaning:"pledged to God"
Description:Although she declared her independence as far back as the reign of Elizabeth I--Good Queen Bess, Bess now sounds less passé than Beth or Betsy.
Description:Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree.
Meaning:"dweller on the plain"
Description:In the USA, Blair is gaining momentum. In England and Wales, Blair is incredibly unpopular for girls, sitting well outside the Top 2000.
Meaning:"one who stutters"
Description:Blaze with a French accent.
Origin:English word name
Description:A sweet, uplifting and still fairly uncommon modern virtue name. Its single syllable makes it especially good as a middle name, but it would also make a big impact in the first spot.
Description:Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in different spellings and forms, from John Travolta and Kelly Preston's Ella Bleu to Alicia Silverstone's Bear Blu. Dave 'The Edge' Evans named his daughter Blue Angel back in 1989.
Description:Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning "merry" or "cheerful." Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a feminine given name.