You would think it’s easy, but trying to come up with baby names for your baby-to-be is hard. If you’re someone who is very indecisive, the choice on what to give your baby can seem overwhelming. The name your child is given can shape their future. Yes, they can change it later if they want — and you can too, but seriously, it’s a lot of paperwork. There are so many ways you can narrow down your baby’s name and an infinite amount of places that you can pull your inspiration from.

Me, I like names that can’t be shortened to nicknames all that easily. Just a peeve of mine from growing up, and one of the greatest ways to ensure your baby’s name isn’t going to constantly be mangled is to give a name that’s already short. It also has the benefit of your child probably learning how to spell it before they’re in kindergarten.

If you’re on the lookout for a short names for your little babe, here are 15 choices that we think are total perfection.

1. Anya

When I think of this name, the sweetest little face comes to mind. It’s short, sweet, feminine, and according to Nameberry, it means “grace,” stemming from Russia. “Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic,” the site reads. “After reentering the Top 1000 in 1998, it currently ranks at Number 593.”

2. Belle

This name is so classic and will probably have you watching a lot of Beauty and the Beast, but that’s OK. Inspired by that particular Bell, or not, the name is perfect feminine and sweet.

3. Briar

If you’re a fan of Disney princess movies, you probably know this is the name that was given to Sleeping Beauty to hide her from Maleficent. It’s a gorgeous name that really isn’t that common, and you know what? It pairs beautifully with the middle name Rose.

4. Cia

Thee is more than one way to spell this super cute, short name. Whether you like it better with a “C” or an “S,” there is no doubt the power behind this small name.

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5. Cora

This name always reminds me of a flower, I don’t really know why but it does. According to Nameberry it means “maiden” and ” is ranked #83 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names.”

6. Edie

This name has a cute twist if you love the name Edward or Eddie. Often said with a hard E, pronounced like “E-die” it’s unique but not totally out there.

7. Esme

This is another one of those name that just sings to be. I think it’s clear that these 4-letter words are where it’s at.

8. Etta

Etta is another one of those old lady names and also happen to be short. Nameberry says it’s “of English origin meaning “estate ruler” and was “once a short form of Henrietta, has long been used on its own.”

9. Ida

This name sounds like an old lady name, and I am so here for it. You should be, too.

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10. Kai

This short and sweet name can be used for any gender and for many people it has a spiritual meaning.

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11. Lark

Named after a bird and it’s perfect.

12. Mae

Mae, a sweet and springlike old-fashioned name, hadn’t been on the national charts in forty years, but finally made it back in 2010 — and has since climbed quite a bit,” Nameberry writes.

13. Teva

A unique name that you don’t hear very often, but TBH we really should. It’s got that right mix of a name we don’t hear, without it being something that you think a celebrity would give their kid.

14. Vera

Another Russian name, this one means “faith.”

15. Zuri

According to SheKnows, “People with this name tend to be idealistic, highly immaginative, intuitive, and spiritual.” The site continues, “They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They tend to be visionary and may inspire others. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become dreamers, or misuse power.”

 

Do you have a favorite short name? Share with us in the comments!

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