275+ Baby Names That Can't Be Shortened

Updated on August 13, 2018
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Growing up, I would always ask my mother why she named me Claudia. Her reply was always that she liked the name and that she also liked that it couldn't be shortened or given a nickname. My brother has the same kind of name.

In college, I worked with someone name Cynthia and pity the person who called her Cindy. She would tell them in no uncertain terms that she didn't want her name shortened.

Of course, if you really think about it, almost any name can be changed a bit, but there are many names that traditionally can't be shortened and here they are.

You'll find names, or boys and girls, including names from the bible, famous people, and fictional characters. You'll even find the most popular ones of 2017.

So, if you are looking for a name like this, then look no further than this list.

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Girl Names That Can't Be Shortened

 
 
 
Ada
Ebony
Mabel
Adele
Echo
Macy
Agnes
Eileen
Mara
Alice
Elise
Marie
Alma
Ella
Mary
Amber
Elsa
Melody
Amelia
Erica
Mia
Amy
Erin
Mindy
Anna
Faith
Molly
Anya
Farah
Nadia
April
Fawn
Nadine
Arleigh
Faye
Naomi
Ashlynne
Fern
Nora
Audrey
Gail
Olga
Ava
Gigi
Opal
Bailey
Gina
Oprah
Barrie
Ginger
Paige
Belle
Gloria
Pearl
Beth
Hailey
Piper
Betsy
Hannah
Poppy
Betty
Heather
Reese
Blanche
Helen
Regan
Blythe
Holly
Renee
Brenda
Hope
Rhoda
Brynn
Inga
Rhonda
Cara
Irene
Rita
Carla
Iris
Robin
Carly
Ivy
Ruby
Carol
Jade
Sadie
Carrie
Jan
Sally
Celeste
Jenna
Sarah
Cheryl
Jewel
Shea
Claire
Jody
Sheila
Claudia
Joy
Sierra
Cleo
Karen
Simone
Collette
Kendra
Skye
Cora
Kerry
Sonya
Corrinne
Lacey
Tasha
Crystal
Lana
Taylor
Daisy
Layla
Tia
Danelle
Leah
Tina
Danette
Leigh
Vanessa
Dee
Lila
Vanna
Delia
Lisa
Vera
Delores
Lola
Wanda
Dina
 
Wendy
Dora
 
Willow
Doris
 
Yvonne
 
 
Zara
 
 
Zoe

I call everyone 'Darling' because I can't remember their names.

— Zsa Zsa Gabor

Boy Names That Can't Be Shortened

 
 
 
Aaron
Earl
Magnus
Abbott
Elliot
Major
Ace
Ellis
Mason
Adam
Elton
Miles
Adrian
Elvis
Murray
Aidan
Eric
Ned
Aldrich
Errol
Neil
Amos
Ethan
Nelson
Angus
Evan
Neville
Anson
Ezra
Nigel
Anton
Felix
Noah
Austin
Flint
Nolan
Banner
Floyd
Omar
Barry
Gage
Orson
Beau
Garrett
Oscar
Blaine
Garth
Owen
Blake
Gary
Pierce
Boris
Gavin
Price
Boyd
George
Quinn
Brady
Glen
Ralph
Brandon
Grady
Ramsey
Brendan
Grant
Raoul
Brett
Guy
Reed
Brian
Hamilton
Rex
Brock
Heath
Rhett
Brooks
Holden
Rory
Bruce
Ian
Ross
Carl
Irwin
Roy
Carlos
Ivan
Ryan
Carson
Jason
Sanford
Cecil
Jeremy
Saul
Chase
Joel
Sean
Clark
Jonah
Sebastian
Clyde
Justin
Seth
Coby
Keenan
Shane
Cody
Kirby
Sheldon
Colin
Kirk
Simon
Connor
Lamar
Tanner
Craig
Lance
Terrell
Dale
Lee
Todd
Damian
Lennon
Trey
Darrell
Levi
Troy
Dean
Linus
Vance
Denzel
Lloyd
Wade
Dillon
Logan
Walden
Drew
Luke
Ward
Dugan
Lyle
Warren
Dustin
 
Wayne
Dwayne
 
Zane
Dwight
 
 
Dylan
 
 
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Female Biblical Names That Can't Be Shortened

Name
Meaning
Anna
Grace, Gracious
Chloe
Young green shoot, Vibrant
Claudia
Lame King, Lame
Dinah
God will judge, Righteous
Esther
Star, Victorious
Eunice
Good victory, Joyous
Eve
Life, Full of Life
Julia
Youthful
Leah
Weary, Beauty and Grace
Lydia
Woman from Lydia, Womanly
Mara
Bitter, Blessed
Mary
Bitter, Blessed
Naomi
Pleasantness, Trusting
Priscilla
Ancient, Primitive
Rachel
Ewe, Innocence
Rhoda
Rose, From the Island of Roses
Sarah
Princess

Did You Know?

There are over 1,750 unique names in the bible.

Male Biblical Names That Can't Be Shortened

Name
Meaning
Aaron
Light bringer, exalted
Adam
Son of earth, In God's Image
Amal
Sorrowful
Amos
Brought by God, Compassionate
Asa
Healer
Cain
Spear
Eli
Ascended, Uplifted
Ethan
Strong, Firmness
Ezra
Helper, Strong
Felix
Happy, Fortunate
Gomer
To complete, Preserved
Jason
To heal, Benevolent
Joel
Jehovah is his God, God's Messenger
Jude
Praised
Levi
Joined, Harmonious
Linus
Flax, Treasurer of Wisdom
Luke
Man from Lucania, Luminous
Mark
Warlike, Martial
Noah
Wandering, Peaceful
Reuben
Behold a Son, Wondrous
Saul
Prayed for, God's Blessing
Seth
Placed, Chosen
Silas
Forest, Steadfast in Trust
Simon
Listener, Diligent
Titus
Title of Honor, Of the Giants
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Famous Females With Names That Can't Be Shortened

 
 
Avril Lavigne
Lana Del Ray
Bebe Rexha
Lindsay Lohan
Beyonce Knowles
Lucy Hale
Brie Larson
Marisa Tomei
Dawn Fraser
Mary-Louise Parker
Demi Lovato
Maya Angelou
Doris Day
Miley Cyrus
Emma Thompson
Nadia Comaneci
Gemma Arterton
Naomi Watts
Gwen Stefani
Sarah Shahi
Hilary Duff
Scarlett Johansson
Jane Fonda
Selena Gomez
Janet Evans
Taylor Swift
Julie Andrews
Tina Turner
Kelly Lynch
 

Famous Males With Names That Can't Be Shortened

 
 
Adam Sandler
Kanye West
Alice Cooper
Lance Armstrong
Bruce Willis
Luke Bryan
Bruno Mars
Mark Harmon
Carl Lewis
Muhammed Ali
Channing Tatum
Neil Patrick Harris
Denzel Washington
Pele
Diego Maradona
Roman Coppola
Elton John
Sean Penn
Elvis Presley
Seth Rogen
George Pal
Shawn Mendes
Jason London
Shia LeBeouf
Jeremy Renner
Tiger Woods
Jude Law
Wayne Gretzsky
Justin Bieber
 
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Fictional Female Names That Can't Be Shortened

Name
From
Alice
Alice in Wonderland
Anne
Anne of Green Gables
Ariel
The Little Mermaid
Bella Swan
Twilight
Bridget Jones
Bridget Jone's Diary
Ellen Ripley
Alien
Hazel Grace Lancaster
The Fault In Our Stars
Hermione Granger
Harry Potter
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
Laura Roslin
Battlestar Galactica
Leia Organa of Alderaan
Star Wars
Lois Lane
Superman
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins
Molly Bloom
Ulysses
Scarlett O'Hara
Gone With the Wind

Fictional Male Names That Can't Be Shortened

Name
From
Ash Williams
Evil Dead
Barney Stinson
How I Met My Mother
Eric Cartman
South Park
Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Holden Caufield
The Catcher in the Rye
Homer Simpson
The Simpsons
Jason Bourne
Bourne Identity
Jayne Cobb
Firefly
Luke Skywalker
Star Wars
Omar Little
The Wire
Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson Series
Rhett Butler
Gone With The Wind
Rocky Balboa
Rocky
Sheldon Cooper
The Big Bang Theory
Thor
Thor Comic Series
Woody
Woody Woodpecker
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According to babycenter.com, in 2017, 22 of the 30 most popular girls names and 15 of the 30 most popular boys names were ones that couldn't be shortened.

Here are the top 15 in each category.

The 15 Most Popular Female Names That Can't Be Shortened From 2017

Rank
Name
1
Emma
2
Ava
3
Mia
4
Aria
5
Riley
6
Zoe
7
Amelia
8
Layla
9
Aubrey
10
Lily
11
Chloe
12
Harper
13
Adalyn
14
Aaliyah
15
Avery

They call me, The Sharkalator

— James Patterson

The 15 Most Popular Male Names That Can't Be Shortened From 2017

Rank
Name
1
Liam
2
Noah
3
Aiden
4
Caiden
5
Mason
6
Elijah
7
Logan
8
Ethan
9
Jayden
10
Muhammed
11
Carter
12
Sebastian
13
Ryan
14
Jayce
15
Mateo

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Sources

  • nameberry.com
  • goodreads.com
  • babycenter.com
  • Astoria, Dorothy, The Name Book, Minneapolis, Bethany House Publishers, 1997. Print.

© 2018 Claudia Mitchell

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Yes, that is a good idea. It's amazing how many different names there are.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      This is an interesting article with a comprehensive list. Maybe an idea for another article would be listing all the names that have several short forms. Elizabeth being one of them.

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