Congratulations, it’s a girl! Girls are incredibly wonderful and a real blessing to any family. But before your baby girl comes into the world, it is important to find a wonderful name everyone will love! Finding a name is no easy task and although there is something to be said for longer names, there are many shorter girls’ names that will truly warm your heart and spark your soul. This is something to help with your search for the perfect shorter baby name – 20 wonderful names to choose from all in one place!
Although these stylish names differ because they vary in popularity, the one thing they all have in common are interesting meanings and a beautiful sound to them. These names may be short but what they lack in length, they make up for in spunk and style.
The majority of these names have multiple origins, famous but inspiring namesakes or meanings that are rich in history. They have been carefully selected to help you on your mission to find the perfect name for your little angel. Without further ado, let’s dive in and embrace these 20 short but stylish baby girl names!
The name Alice is a sweet name and is a great option for your baby girl. Alice is of German origin and means "noble" or "kind". Although it has Germanic roots, the name as we see it spelled today is the form of an Old French spelling of the contracted name Adalheidis. Since Alice has been around for a long time, we see it as a classic name with a lot of character. Speaking of character, the name Alice was popularized by Lewis Carroll‘s books Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass.
This name is a wonderful option for parents were looking for something that isn’t unheard of but isn’t a name on the top 10 list as well. Alice was ranked number 76 last year in baby name popularity for girls. It is on the rise now, however, and is up 10 points from the year before. Alice is a short name with a lot of history making it a wonderful choice for your bundle of joy.
Ella is a stunning name that is currently on the rise in popularity, eagerly approaching the top 10 baby names for girls in 2018. It is no wonder that this name is so popular as it is the namesake of several famous bearers including Ella Fitzgerald and Ella Lorena Kennedy. The name also began to grow in popularity after the children’s movie Ella Enchanted came to the Hollywood scene in the early 2000s.
Ella is of English origin and means "the other". The name was introduced to the British Isles by the Normans from the Germanic pet name for Ali meaning "other" or "foreign". I personally love Ella because it stands alone wonderfully as a short name but also can be the nickname for a longer name like Elouise or Eleanora.
The name Asia has a lot of history and is a powerful name that would suit any strong-willed baby girl. Asia has two separate origins: from the Greek origin, Asia means “sunrise” and from the Assyrian origin, Asia means “the east”. When I think of a child who has the name Asia, I think of a girl full of strength and charm. Asia is a little explorer who is excited to be swept away by the world around her.
Asia also has the benefit of being a less popular name for parents who are looking for something unique for their baby girl. Last year, in the United States, Asia ranked 1107 in baby name popularity with only 229 girls born with that name. This is a decline from the year before by almost 200 points. What this name lacks in popularity it makes up for in flair. Asia has a wonderfully were fine quality that may just be the perfect name for your baby girl.
Grace is a timeless name and makes a genuine choice for your little bundle of joy. Grace is of Latin origin and is from the word gratia. It can also be used as an English version of the Irish name Grainne. Grace is a classic name that has yo-yoed in popularity over the decades. The name was popular back in Puritan times where people used virtues as names and it also was popular after World War II thanks to famous bearer Grace Kelly.
Grace remains a popular name even today as it was ranked in the top 20 girl baby names last year and holding steady in the same spot from the year prior. 2018 is predicted to be another popular year for the name Grace as it is predicted stay within the top 25 baby names. Although it may be a popular name, it is not so popular to be in the top 10, making it a rounded name that isn’t just part of a trend but is here to stay for the long-haul.
Eve is a strong but short girls baby name that makes a wonderful name for your new addition. The name is steadily growing in popularity but still remains outside of the top 100 baby name for girls. It currently holds the 212 spot today, which is up 174 spots from 2017.
Eve is of Hebrew origin and means "life". Of course, Eve is also the name of the popular Biblical character from the story of Adam and Eve. Eve is a wonderful option for parents who love the name Ava but are looking for something less popular as Ava is in the top 10 right now. Other names that are related to Eve that are equally as nice and also on the shorter side include Eva, Evie, and Evelyn. Eve is a timeless name and is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a strong short name for your baby girl
June is a sleek and stylish name that is coming back in style for 2018. June is of course named after the sixth month of the year but is actually the transferred use of the name of the Roman goddess Juno. So of course, it goes without saying that the origin of June is Latin and that this name has been around for a very long time. June has begun to rise in popularity in the 20s and 30s and then dropped off in popularity only to come back again recently as a popular name.
The name June held number 265 in baby name popularity for girls in the United States last year, having one of the more popular years in its recent history. This name has a sweet sound and is a timeless choice for your baby girl, and bonus points if she is born in the month of June. The name alludes to the prospect of spring and summer and makes for a stunning option.
Lily is an adorable baby name that is sure to suit your little flower. Lily is of English origin and of course is the name for a type of flora grown in the summer. It stems from the Latin word Lillium and was used in the 19th century as a common baby name.
The name eventually declined in popularity over the turn of the 20th century but is now in the middle of the resurgence, as it currently holds the 30th spot in baby name popularity in the United States. Although still extremely popular, this is actually a decline from its most popular year, which was 2016, when it held the 24th spot on the list. Lily is chic and stylish name that is sure to make a wonderful choice for your baby girl.
Leah is it beautiful girls name that is sure to win over the hearts of many. Leah is of Hebrew origin and means "weary". When I hear the name Leah, I picture a restless traveler who is exploring all that life has to offer. Leah is also the name of a more obscure character from the Bible, and although not a very popular one in biblical stories, the name has sure risen in popularity today in the form of a baby girl name.
Leah has been a steadily popular name in the past 10 years, remaining in the top 50 most popular baby names for girls in the United States. Currently the name holds the 45th spot today in 2018, which is up 8 points from 2017. Although steadily popular, the name has several less popular spelling variations that include Lea, Leia, and Lia, that may be just what you’re looking for to make the name more unique. As a whole, the name Leah has an endearing sound and is a wonderful option for your new bundle of joy.
Nora is a short but strong sounding name that is sure to suit your little firecracker. The name Nora has several different origins. In its Irish and Scottish origin, the name means "honorable". Nora is also short for Eleonora, a Greek name that means "light" and is also the feminine form of the word Norman. With all of its different origins, Nora is rich in history and character, which only adds to its natural flare.
Nora has grown in popularity over the years and currently holds the 41st spot in baby name popularity for the United States. This is actually down 10 points from 2017, when the name held #31. Despite this late decline, the name has been steadily popular since 2012, when it jumped into the top 100 baby names for girls. This increase in popularity could be associated with the influence of well-known Noras such as screenwriter Nora Ephron and popular singer Norah Jones. Coincidence? I think not.
The name Rhea, pronounced “Ray-ah” is another wonderful option for a shorter baby name for your little girl. The name Rhea has two different origins: it is of Greek origin and means "flowing river or stream" and also of Latin origin where it means "poppy flower". I love the name Rhea because it is associated with Greek and Roman mythology and the imagery of flowers and water.
Rhea has been steadily increasing in popularity over last four years. In 2014, the name hovered around spot number 1000 and today and 2018, the name Rhea currently holds the 532nd spot in baby name popularity for the United States. This means the name Rhea is popular but not overly so, to the point where there would be multiple girls with the name Rhea in the same class as your little one grows up. The name is short and sweet and holds a treasured meeting, making it an stylish choice for your baby girl.
Hanna is a gorgeous name that has a lot of history, dating back to biblical times. The name Hannah is of Hebrew Origin and means goddess of life or grace (which is coincidentally another name on this list). The Hebrew version of Hanna is Channah and both Latin and Greek languages borrow this name, transforming it into the name Anna, which is another wonderful option for parents who are looking for a shorter girls name.
Hanna has an alternative spelling: Hannah and depending on which you choose, will determine its popularity. Hanna holds number 318 spot in baby name popularity this year, while Hannah currently sits at number 40 for baby girl names in the United States. I personally love using the less common spelling as it adds a touch of uniqueness to an otherwise popular name. Regardless of the way you choose to spell it, the name Hanna is sure to warm the hearts of all who hear it and makes a wonderful name option for your little one.
Thanks to the Twilight book series, the name Becca has grown in terms of fame over the last few years but continues to carry its own special charm. Although Becca is of Hebrew origin and has the interesting meaning of “tied”, the name still continues to be on the popular side, making it a welcomed find.
The name Becca is a diminutive of Rebecca and has a pretty ring to it as both a standalone short baby name or as a nick name for Rebecca. Rebecca has been on the baby name popularity charts for decades and currently holds the 163rd spot in baby name popularity in the United States. Becca on its own is far less popular, making it a good choice for parents who like the name Rebecca but wish to stay more unique. Overall, Becca is a sweet but stylish name that would make an excellent choice for your baby girl.
This popular Irish short baby name has an adorable ring to it, making it a lovely choice for your baby girl. Molly is originally of Hebrew origin, meaning “bitter” and is from the Irish Gaelic name Maili, which is a pet form of the name Mary.
Despite being continuously popular in Ireland, over the years the name Molly has yo-yoed in popularity in the United States but is now on a bit of an upswing. Molly holds number 184 in popularity today, up slightly from last year where it held the 190th spot. Perhaps Molly has been steadily popular as a short baby name due to its famous bearers, popular 80s teen actress Molly Ringwald and comedian Molly Shannon. Molly is a luminous name that makes a wonderful option for your new bundle of joy.
Faith is a wonderful and timeless baby name is sure to make a great short name option for your baby girl. Faith is of Latin origin and simply means “to trust”. It is considered a virtue name like its sister names Hope and Charity. It carries biblical origins and grew in popularity along with these other virtue names.
Although Faith is another baby name that has maintained some sort of steady popularity, Faith has dropped slightly in the past two years, holding #145 in 2018, down from #114 in 2017 and #100 in 2016. This drop may be a good sign to parents who want to use a virtue name but are trying to steer away from overly-used baby names. Faith is a simple name but yet holds great character, making is a great choice as a short girls baby name.
Another wonderful name with depth and multiple meanings, Mara is a personal favorite of mine in terms of uniqueness and beauty. With English, Hindu, Irish, and Scottish meanings, Mara is sure to offer your little one the beauty and complexity she deserves!
In English, Mara means “bitter” but in Hindu, the names Mara actually represents the Goddess of Death. Although it sounds like a horrible meaning at first, when you truly get to know the Hindu culture, you will learn that death isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it is not seen as the end but rather a chance for rebirth. Aside from these two meanings, Mara also means “of the Sea” in both Irish and Scottish origins. Although not a traditional Celtic name, Mara is a Celtic word with a wonderful meaning.
In terms of baby name popularity, Mara is on the unique side, currently holding the 371st spot in baby name popularity, making it an original choice as a short name for your baby girl.
Maeve is a beautiful but short baby name for your sweet-natured baby girl. Although Maeve is a classic name with a lot of history, it is also a name with an interesting meaning. The name is of Irish origin and means “intoxicating”. Of course when it comes to intoxication, we think of alcohol (kind of ironic, given the Irish affinity for a pub and a pint) but the meaning of this word comes with a lot more depth than what first comes to mind. When I think of intoxicating, I think of someone who is strong and powerful and full of excitement. I picture a little girl with a lot of fire in her soul and a strong drive to take on the world.
Maeve currently sits at #662 in terms of baby name popularity, making it a very unique choice for your little bundle of joy.
This very original but stunning short baby name would make a stylish option for your little girl. The name Gaia is a wonderful choice for parents who are looking for something unique and celestial sounding but also short compared to other ethereal-sounding names.
Gaia is of Greek origin and means “earth” and is a very exceptional name with a unique ring to it. This name only holds number 1,794 in baby name popularity for 2018 and was even less popular in 2017 and 2016. Gaia is truly a rare beauty (especially if you are interested in Greek mythology, as Gaia is known for being a primary deity in multiple myths). It is a great option for moms and dads who want their child to stand out – there is no fear of having multiple Gaias in your child’s class year after year, that’s for sure.
Reina is a powerful baby name for moms and dads who are looking for a shorter name with a punch for their princess. Reina is of Yiddish and Spanish origin and actually means “Queen” – talk about having a strong meaning! With a meaning like this, any little girl would be able to walk tall with pride and have the confidence to take on the world!
Reina sits sort of in the middle in terms of baby name popularity for 2018. The name currently holds the 546th spot in baby name popularity in the United States, making it not a name that is unheard of but also not a name that is incredibly popular. It is a great option for parents that are looking for a name with flare and grace but also a touch of originality. Any stylish little girl would slay with this name as the queen she is.
Hope is a name that has yo-yoed in popularity over the years but remains moderately common as a beautiful option as a short name for your baby girl. Hope is of Indigenous origin and means exactly what we think it does – having faith and trust!
This name is a great option for parents who want a short name that’s on the moderately popular side, but not overly so. Hope fits the bill because it is currently ranked #147 in baby name popularity for 2018. It is comfortably out of the top 100 baby names but not incredibly obscure. Hope is also a wonderful choice because it is related to other virtue names like Faith and Charity but isn’t as common or cliché. Hope is a wonderful choice as a stylish but shorter name for your beautiful new bundle of joy!
Tara is a lovely short name with a heavenly ring to it that is sure to make a great option for your little one. Tara is a name of great depth with multiple origins that hold strong meanings. The name is of Irish origin and means “high on the hill” but it also has a Hindi origin and means “star”. Both these origins suggest a name that suits a little girl who is ready to take on the world. When I hear this name I think of the phrase: “shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”.
Tara is has an interesting history in terms of popularity. In the 1980s and 90s the name was much more popular but it now sits humbly around the 1000th spot in baby name popularity for the United States. Tara is truly an empowering and appealing name that is the perfect choice for your little one.
Sources: Behind The Name, Baby Center, Our Baby Namer
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