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Short and Sweet Names for Girls

Kierstin is a mom to two little girls and host of the satirical podcast Really Good Advice for New Moms.

What's in a Short, Sweet Name?

Some of life's most wonderful experiences are made sweeter by how fleeting they are—an ice cream cone in the summer heat, a well-written piece of short fiction, or your favorite song. Like these things, a short name is so much better than a long name that becomes ugly in its complicated alliteration. Here's an A-Z list of short names (that aren't ugly or sound totally made-up) for your baby girl.

A-K Names

Ada

Ceil

Fawn

Joan

Alice

Chloe

Grace

Jule

Ana

Claire

Gwen

June

Anne

Cleo

Hali

Kate

Ava

Dae

Hayes

Kay

Bea

Elle

Ia

Kit

Belle

Emmy

Idra

Kyr

Beth

Evie

Jade

 

Bryn

Fae

Jane

 

L-Z Names

Lark

Opal

Sia

Laine

Osa

Skye

Lea

Pearl

Tess

Liv

Priya

Tia

Mae

Quinn

Ursa

Maive

Rae

Vera

Mia

Raine

Vivi

Mya

Rene

Wren

Nell

Rhea

Zoe

Noel

Ruth

 

Onyx

Shay

 

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A-C Names

  • Ada: Meaning "noble", this short, vintage name is a sweet way to start off this list.
  • Alice: With only two clipped syllables, Alice is short but like it's storybook namesake, quite curious.
  • Ana: Say it like "on-uh", Ana makes a beautiful middle name, shortened version of "Anastasia" or a sweet moniker all on it's own.
  • Anne: Means "grace." Sweet, indeed.
  • Ava: Pronounce it with a long or short beginning "A" depending on your preference - either way is lovely.
  • Bea: Typically a nickname for Beatrice, this shortened version holds it's own among the more popular three-letter names like Mia and Zoe.
  • Belle: With only one syllable, Belle reminds me of the sweet fabled bookworm with big eyes and an even bigger heart.
  • Beth: Short and strong, this one doesn't need a Bethany or Elizabeth to hold it's hand.
  • Bryn: Say it like "Brin", not "Brian" for a chill, preppy name.
  • Ceil: Pronounced "seal", this one has all of the elegance of the more complicated "Cecelia."
  • Chloe: Overdone? Maybe. Short? Yes. Sweet? Absolutely. If you can't handle it as a first name it would make a pretty alternative to uber popular middle names like Mae, Rae and Ann.
  • Claire: This delicate name has been flying just under the radar over the past decade.
  • Cleo: Underused but super cool.

D-G Names

  • Dae: Coming in at just one syllable and only three letters long, Dae would make a gorgeous middle name for a longer first name.
  • Elle: Feminine, sharp and totally chic.
  • Emmy: Could also be spelled "Emme" if you're not as into the ending "y", Emmy is a sweet exchange for the more popular Amelia or Emily.
  • Evie: Short for classic names like Evelyn and Evette, bestow this one as a nod to a beloved aunt or just because it's lovely.
  • Fae: Another one-syllable contender, Fae makes an otherworldly first or middle name.
  • Fawn: Perhaps a bit twee, with the rise of wildlife inspired first names like Bear and Lark, she'll fit right in.
  • Grace: Classic, short, sweet.
  • Gwen: Popular as a middle name, Gwen, with it's elegance and simplicity deserves the first name spotlight.

H-K Names

  • Hali: Pronounced with a short "a", Hali isn't super popular but I can't see why. A Greek name meaning "the sea", this name is cool, calm and collected.
  • Hayes: Like "Haze" but less smoky.
  • Ia: If it looks too short, know that this name is said "Eye-uh" and has the potential to soften a clunky last name like, well, mine.
  • Idra: Obscure and not overly feminine, this name means "fig tree" and I think we can all agree botanicals are in right now.
  • Jade: Botanicals aren't the only inspiration behind nature names right now. Stones, minerals and gems like Ruby, Amber and Opal have been consistent favorites with Jade leading the pack.
  • Jane: Beautiful on a babe in arms or a college sophomore, this one-syllable name will grow with her.
  • Joan: All-business, Joan is a strong one-syllable name like Jane but with more command.
  • Jule: Julie, Julianna and Juliette may be a bit tired but the quick Jule is fun and easygoing.
  • June: Warm and joyful like the month.
  • Kate: Quick and smart, you can use it as a diminutive for Katherine or give it to her all on it's own.
  • Kay: Another diminutive of Katherine, Kay means "pure" and is sharp as a first or middle name.
  • Kit: Guess what? It's another diminutive of Katherine, but this time we're feeling androgynous, mysterious and a little foxy too (get it? Kit fox).
  • Kyr: Like Kiera or Kierstin but less common and easier to spell.
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L-O Names

  • Lark: A whimsical name with a sing-song feel to it, Lark is perfect for a sweet girl with a relaxed, fun-loving family.
  • Laine: Smooth and easy to love, Laine's been a favorite of my since my Gilmore Girls days.
  • Lea: Say it "Lee."
  • Liv: Effervescent and cool, Liv is best on it's own, forsaking the all-too-popular Olivia for a more streamlined, minimalist name.
  • Mae: Cute and familiar, Mae is never out of style.
  • Maive: If you're looking for something a little more curious than Mae but still into the vintage charm, this name, or it's original Irish counterpart "Maeve" fits the bill.
  • Mia: Easy to spell, pronounce and appreciate, Mia is a diminutive of Amelia but is sweet all on it's own too.
  • Mya: Like Mia, teachers and new bosses won't have any trouble pronouncing this dainty say-it-as-you-see-it moniker.
  • Nell: Distinct and adorable, this English name means "bright, shining one."
  • Noel: French for Christmas, this may be a tiny little name but it packs a lot of rhythm and would be especially charming on a holiday baby.
  • Onyx: Deep and brooding like the stone it borrows it's name from, Onyx may be an eccentric choice but it'll set her apart from the crowd with it's beauty.
  • Opal: Quaint and gem-ish like the aforementioned Onyx, but with a touch of charisma.
  • Osa: Nordic in origin, Osa brings together the all-popular vowel trend in a tidy, slightly exotic package.

P-S Names

  • Pearl: Want to make it even shorter and kinda kitschy? Spell it "Purl" like the stitch.
  • Priya: This Indian name is not only lovely in it's pronunciation but in it's original meaning: beloved.
  • Quinn: Takes the edge off a hectic last name yet still stands strong as a pretty first or middle.
  • Rae: Popular as a middle name, Rae deserves some first name glory.
  • Raine: Or simply "Rain".
  • Rene: Used as both a boy's and a girl's name, Rene fits in perfectly as a middle name for other R names like Riley, Rebecca and Rachel.
  • Rhea: Sometimes "ray" sometimes "ree-uh", always pretty.
  • Ruth: Most recently used as a middle name, Julia Garner's badass portrayal of Ruth Langmore in Netflix's sleeper hit Ozark is making me seriously rethink this for a strong, commanding first name.
  • Shay: This one brings back memories of my older cousin's friends circa 1999. It's a rarely used name that's actually very pretty, both on paper and said aloud.
  • Sia: Say it like "see-uh". Can also be spelled with a C.
  • Skye: Ethereal without being out-of-this-world.

T-Z Names

  • Tess: Diminutive of Esther or Theresa, Tess would make a solid first name, especially with a surname that has a strong beginning or ending T, like Elliott or Taylor.
  • Tia: She's the cool kid with a heart of gold who always wears shades and takes crap from no one.
  • Ursa: Not quite as heavy as Ursula but still weighty.
  • Vera: Play with the pronunciation to get the vowel sounds that fit your fancy, this name is neat without being trendy.
  • Vivi: Vivi could be short for Vivian, Vivica or even Veronica - or it could stand on it's own as an eclectic first name.
  • Wren: Cute for a kid who'll grow up on more PBS than YouTube and wear second-hand Bogs 10 out of the 12 months of the year.
  • Zoe: Enduring. There's a good reason this three-letter name has stood the test of time - it's fun, charming and easy to love no matter her age or stage.

© 2019 Kierstin Gunsberg

Comments

mahnaz on July 20, 2019:

I need to have a neck name for my work also i do hair colour .

Nell Rose from England on June 23, 2019:

Bright shining one me! lol! what a great list of names and their meanings!

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on April 15, 2019:

Love the list especially the description of Tia. In Spanish tia means aunt.

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