20 Short but Sweet Baby Girl Names

Kathleen Wong | Oct 26, 2018 Pregnancy

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Short baby boy names are a dime a dozen. Joel, James, Adam, Brice, Eli, the list goes on and on. But what about short baby girl names? They're, well, not as common. Girl names are typically longer and then shortened with pretty and adorable nicknames. Think Abigail to Abby, Jennifer to Jen, and Katherine to Kate. But what if we want to forego that whole nickname step and just name our newborn girl with a short and sweet name? Is our only option to just skip the original long name and just name them Liz instead of Elizabeth? Surely, there are more creative short names? Fret not, there are!

While long baby girl names are definitely beautiful and elegant with their complicated spelling and syllables, short names can be fun, strong and just as feminine! In fact, we'd argue that short names are often cheekier and cuter than their long counterparts.

Short baby girl names are often easier to pronounce and spell, making everyone's world a tad easier. They're also perfect for balancing out a long and wordy last name (since that can't exactly be fixed as easily.)

No one can deny that short baby girl names really pack a punch. Sometimes just one syllable will do the job and help our baby leave a lasting impression on whoever they meet in the future. Now that's definitely the kind of impact we want our baby girl to make! 

We scoured countless names to round up 20 of the shortest but sweetest baby girl names out there. 

  • EVE

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    Meaning "life," this succinct but still gorgeous baby girl name is a whimsical choice. 

  • BROOKE 

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    Nature-loving mamas will adore this short baby name! It evokes a sense of sunshine and optimism too, doesn't it?

  • ISLA 

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    The name Isla is a Scottish one, probably originating from the word "aileach," which means "rocky place." However, we think this name is smooth, short, and sophisticated. 

  • JUNO

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    Juno is the Roman name for the Greek goddess Hera. We're fans of how ethereal and out-of-this-world the name sounds.

  • SAGE

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    Whether named after the herb or the prophet, Sage is an undeniably pretty baby girl name -- perfect for parents who love the outdoors. 

  • NELL

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    Meaning "light," Nell is a variation on the names Helen, Ellen, and Eleanor. We like Nell because it sounds both modern and vintage at the same time. 

  • QUINN

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    Quinn is a great gender-neutral name, so why not use it for a short baby girl name? It means "wise," and -- sorry for this -- but it's definitely a wise choice. 

  • LOLA 

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    Lola is such a cool name, and it doesn't hurt that it's short and packs a serious punch, too! Any baby girl would make a serious statement with a bold name like this one. 

  • ZOE

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    Zoe means "life" in Greek, and it is actually a translation of Eve. It's a common but still fun and beautiful name. 

  • NORA

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    Short for Honora, Nora is a feminine and classic name. Hey, Norah Jones and Nora Ephron know what's up. 

  • CIA

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    Cia is a super unusual name and stands for "of the moon." How pretty is that?

  • PAIGE

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    Although more well-known than other names on this list, Paige is a soft and feminine name choice.

  • REESE

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    Uncommon but still classic, Reese is a great choice for a short baby girl name. Isn't that right, Reese Witherspoon?

  • ROSE

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    "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," goes that famous quote. However, we think the name Rose sounds as sweet as can be. 

  • TESS

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    Tess is a stylish and shortened version of Theresa, and it also sounds a little more modern. It's perfect for the baby girl who has a bit of sass.

  • ANYA

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    Does anyone remember the cartoon movie Anastasia? She went by the Russian name (duh) Anya and we think that short name is still a lovely choice today. 

  • WREN 

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    Wren is a name with an Old English origin, but we think it sounds elegant enough to use today. It also makes for a good boy name.

  • ELLE

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    Fans of Legally Blonde will find this short but girly name totally empowering. Hopefully, any baby girl named this will grow up and watch the inspiring movie. 

  • RHEA

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    Super ethereal and a little offbeat, Rhea is a sweet-sounding short baby girl name perfect for the baby with a playful sense of humor. 

  • LEIGH

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    Simple but gorgeous, Leigh is a short baby girl name for the parents looking for a classic but modern name. 

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