Names are important parts of our lives that follow us everywhere we go. They are written on birth certificates, called out on playgrounds, scrawled onto marriage licenses and etched into gravestones. From the moment we arrive on earth until the instant we take our last breath, our name precedes us.
Some people have the baby names they love picked out by the time they are in middle school. Others are still scrambling to select a moniker for their newborn after he or she has arrived and is snuggled namelessly in their arms. For those struggling to choose a name for an impending arrival, the options are endless, the possibilities infinite.
Parents that have a baby on the way may need help knowing where to start in the search for the baby name of your dreams. Sometimes, less is more. Especially when it comes to darling designations. According to Nameberry.com, “The winds of fashion are once again shifting, and one syllable names are getting recognition.”
The precise, adorable names that follow are one syllable stunners sure to help a new arrival stand out in the best of ways. Read on for 25 names that are short, sweet and ready to be assigned to an impending arrival coming soon to a nursery near you.
Anne with an e is one of those quintessential names that will never really go out of style. It’s a beautiful, crisp French variation of the English name Ann and the Hebrew name Hannah that is as timeless as it is lovely.
Anne currently ranks as the 720th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen an impressive 116 spots in popularity since 2018. On the name Anne, Nameberry.com states, “The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ names for centuries, both in the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970, but Anne is still among the most classic names for girls.”
Ash is a dashing diminutive of the English name Asher and means ash tree or happy. Ash currently ranks as the 1,276th most popular name for boys in the United States. This cutie patootie is flying under the radar for now, but there is no guarantee that it will stay that way for long. Snatch it up before your sister-in-law calls dibs!
According to Nameberry.com, “Ash has Southern charm [with] the arboreal-nature appeal. Plus, your little boy will prize Ash as the name of the hero of the Pokemon cards. Ash can also be a dashing short form of Asher, Ashton, or any other ‘Ash’ name.”
Beck is a beautiful shortening of the name Rebecca. It is also a stand-alone name of English origin that means one living beside a small stream. The recently released Netflix thriller You has catapulted this gender-neutral option into the mainstream spotlight. Beck currently ranks as the 2,477th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen a very impressive 7,682 spots in popularity since 2018.
Speaking about this unexpected choice, Nameberry.com states, “Although the single-named singer is male, this might be a girl’s nickname name or a sleek nature name that’s perfect in the middle.” It also makes an unexpected, unique and effortlessly cool first name.
Blake is a devil-may-care, dreamy name of English origin that means fair-haired, dark. It is a unisex option that, at the present time, is quite popular for both genders. Currently, Blake ranks as the 155th most popular choice for boys and the 226th most popular name for girls.
According to Nameberry.com, “Blake dropped out of the Top 100 in 2017 for the first time since 1988, but remains a sophisticated choice. And yes, both conflicting meanings of Blake are accurate. It originated as a surname in England derived from a nickname.” Boy or girl, parents can’t go wrong with the name Blake.
Brynn is a bold beauty of Welsh origin that means high, hill. Today, Brynn ranks as the 485th most popular name for American girls. The alternate spelling Bryn currently ranks 2,399th.
Nameberry.com explains, “Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this spelling is not truly unisex...Other variations [that are] trendy now include Brynna, Brynna and Brynnley, spelled many different ways.” However parents choose to spell it, this name is an understated and undeniably gorgeous option.
Cal is a captivating Latin diminutive of the name Calvin that means bald, hairless. At the present time, it ranks as the 2,137th most popular name for tiny gentleman in the United States. Nameberry.com predicts that this name is one to watch, and speculates it will rank within the top 1,000 names for boys by the year 2028.
Nameberry.com describes Cal as “a homey sitting-by-the-fire-type nickname name.” Crew, Rhett, Cash and Miles are similar one syllable options with the same friendly sound that may also appeal to moms and dads-to-be who have fallen hard for the name Cal.
Cass is an effortlessly cool diminutive of the Greek name Cassandra and means prophetess. Presently, Cass barely registers on the baby name radar and ranks as the 10,159th most popular name for American girls. It is a unisex option that is actually more popular for boys than it is for girls. It currently ranks as the 2,839th most popular name for boys in the United States, and is up 1,706 spots in popularity since 2018.
According to Nameberry.com “Ties to the unfortunate Mama are now unraveling, leaving Cass...to stand on its own as a fresher sounding Cathy or Kate.”
Cole is a brooding beauty of English origin that means swarthy, coal black. Today, Cole ranks as the 115th most popular name for boys in the United States. It has risen 11 spots in popularity since last year, and its popularity will most likely continue to climb.
Nameberry.com states, “Cole [is] as short name that embodies a lot of richness and depth...It’s quite popular in Scotland.” This alluring choice ranked well within the top 100 as the 54th most popular designation for Scottish lads in 2017, and, for good reason, is a beloved option among parents all over the United Kingdom and the world.
Claire is a captivating French form of the name Clara that means bright, clear. Presently, Claire ranks as the 71st most popular name for girls in the United States.
Gushing about the name Claire, Nameberry.com states, “Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical depth with a modern edge.” The site also states, “Though Claire is enjoying revived popularity, it will never be seen as trendy.” It’s difficult to disagree with the site's raving review of this ravishing name.
Dean is a dapper and unabashedly handsome choice of English origin that means presiding official or church official. Today, Dean ranks as the 205th most popular name for boys in the United States, and is one of those charmers currently ruling the one syllable baby name roost.
According to Nameberry.com, “Dean may sound to some like a retro surfer boy name, but it is once again climbing up the popularity chart in the USA.” Former Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and Bachelor Winter Games bad boy and Instagram star Dean Unglert may have had something to do with this name’s recent revival in popularity.
Dove is a delightful and delicate avian name inspired by nature. At the present time, Dove ranks as the 1,503rd most popular name for little ladies in the United States. It is another choice enjoying a major rise in popularity as of late and is up an extremely impressive 3,961 spots since 2018.
Referring to this serene moniker, Nameberry.com states, “One of the new bird names, like Lark and Wren, this one’s associated with the billing and cooing sounds of love. Soft and gentle, Dove also has the admirable association with peace. Dove was actually an early bird, used as a first name in the seventeenth century and in the U.S. Top 1,000 through the 1890’s.”
Drake is an English word name that means dragon or male duck. Today, Drake ranks as the 582nd most popular name for little men in the United States. E! News host and reality star Giuliana Rancic and her hubby Bill have a son with this dashing designation. Rapper Drake, born Aubrey, gives the world yet another reason to love this name.
Nameberry.com describes Drake as “a simple one-syllable name that has been on the popularity list since the mid-1980s.” The site continues, “[Drake] peaked at Number 197 and has since been on a slow decline, but it can still be counted among the stylish, contemporary boy names starting with D.”
Eve is an effervescent name of Hebrew origin that means life. Presently, Eve ranks as the 404th most popular name for girls in the United States and is up 80 spots in popularity since last year.
Nameberry.com states, “Eve, the oldest name in the Book, is now coming back into style, having the virtues of simplicity and purity, yet with more strength and resonance than other single-syllable names.” The site also explains, “While Eve is compromised by its similarity to trendy sisters Ava, Eva, Avery, Evelyn, Evie, ad infinitum, it still has them all beat with its streamlined, classic style.”
Ed is a strong, timeless diminutive of the always classy names Edward and Edwin that mean wealthy and wealthy friend respectively. At the present time, Ed is a relatively obscure option, and ranks as the 2,296th most popular choice. This doesn’t mean it will stay in the shadows forever, and may soon overtake the similar names Ned and Ted as the latest and greatest in short, sweet names.
According to Nameberry.com, “The most minimalist of names, Ed, is decidedly out--though that usually means it’s due to swing back in.” Time will tell if Ed will make its way back into the forefront of baby name recognition, or if it will forever remain a fun, friendly option reserved for a select and lucky few.
Faye is a whimsical name of English origin that means fairy or elf. Currently, Faye ranks as the 1,066th most popular name for American girls. Traditionally used as a middle name, this lovely choice is being used more and more often as an ethereal and formidable first name choice. Also spelled Fay, this name is one that will most likely continue its rise in popularity for many years to come.
Referring to the names Faye and Fay, Nameberry.com explains, “The Faye spelling was used for nearly 300 girls in 2014, vaulting the name back into the Top 1,000 after a 35-year absence, nearly ten times as many babies as received the Fay spelling.”
Gabe is an undeniably gorgeous short form of the name Gabriel; it is a name of Hebrew origin that means God is my strength. Today, Gabe ranks just within the top 1,000 names for boys as the 941st most popular choice.
According to Nameberry.com, “Gabe ranked in the Top 1,000 from 1880 until 1905, when it fell into obscurity.” Gabe is a unique choice that is rarely assigned as a stand-alone first name. The site also states, “There are fewer than 100 boys named Gabe, just plain Gabe, each year in the U.S., compared with over 10,000 named Gabriel.”
Greer is a lilting name of Latin and Scottish origin that means alert, watchful. Today, Greer ranks as the 2,165th most popular name for girls in the United States and is up 136 spots in popularity since 2018.
On the name Greer, Nameberry.com states, “This attractive Scottish surname choice has a certain amount of glamour thanks to feisty British-born red-haired forties Academy Award winner Greer Garson.” Not only does this name possess star power, it's a favorite among celebrity parents. The site continues, “Greer was chosen...by Kelsey Grammer for his daughter and by Brooke Shields in the Grier form.”
Hayes is an undeniably bold and beautiful English surname and nature name that means hedged area. Currently, Hayes ranks well within the top 1,000 names for boys as the 758th most popular name for little lads in the United States.
According to Nameberry.com, Hayes is “one of those simple, straightforward English surnames--with a presidential pedigree--that’s easy to translate into a first [name].” The site continues, “Surname names and nature names like Hayes, which qualify on both counts, along with occupational names, all make up the new generation of stylish English names for boys that go far beyond Harry and Edward.”
Jane is an elegant name of English origin that means God is gracious. Presently, Jane ranks as the 378th most popular name for girls in the United States. It’s a vintage classic that is as refined and sophisticated as it is darling.
In reference to the name Jane, Nameberry.com states, “No, we don’t consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan....We think it’s time for a fresh look at Jane--and not only in the middle place.”
Jude is a breathtaking Latin diminutive of the name Judah that means praised. Today, Jude ranks well within the top 1,000 names for dapper dudes as the 198th most popular name for American boys.
In regards to the name Jude, Nameberry.com states, “Jude is an example of a name whose image was turned on its head primarily by one appealing celebrity.” The site continues, “[Jude Law]--in collaboration with the Lennon-McCartney song ‘Hey Jude’--[has] erased Jude’s old connections to the traitorous Judas Iscariot and Thomas Hardy’s tragic Jude the Obscure, and inspired a legion of new babies named Jude.”
Lark is a delightful bird name of English origin. The phrase “happy as a Lark” gives this name a joyful appeal that is simply irresistible. Lark is still a rarely-used beauty that currently ranks as the 7,052nd most popular name for girls in the United States.
According to Nameberry.com, “Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830s, it has never appeared on the Social Security list.” Lark is the perfect choice for a girl born to stand out in the best of ways.
Lyle is a name of Scottish and English from French origin that means someone who lives on an island. Today, Lyle ranks as the 758th most popular name for boys in the United States and has risen 469 in popularity since last year. It is possibly best known for being the name of a lovable and friendly crocodile in a popular children’s book series.
Nameberry.com describes Lyle as a “straightforward single-syllable name”, but warns, “by the time he’s three, any Lyle will be sick of hearing ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.’" Maybe. Maybe not. We think it's time for a special little man to steal the spotlight back from the friendly fictional reptile name Lyle.
Skye is a Scottish place name with a floating, azure-tinted appeal. Presently, Skye ranks as the 290th most popular name for girls in the United States. It has risen 37 spots in popularity since 2018, and its surge in popularity doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Referring to the name Skye, and its alternative spelling Sky, Nameberry.com explains, “The e-addition takes the name from slightly hippie-ish nature name to the place name of a picturesque island off the coast of Scotland, and...it’s by far the more popular spelling.” In short, the sky’s the limit for a girl with this delightful name.
Tate is an English from Norse name that means cheerful. Currently, Tate ranks as the 420th most popular name for American lads. It has risen a respectable 124 spots in popularity since 2018 and is another choice that works for boys and girls alike. It presently ranks as the 2,477th most popular name for girls, up a whopping 3,667 spots since last year.
Nameberry.com describes Tate as “a strong single-syllable surname with a joyful meaning.” The site continues, “Tate is finding a place on more and more birth certificates. [It] has a cultural vibe via the Tate and Tate Modern museums in London.”
True is an exquisite word name that recently exploded onto the baby name scene after it was selected by a certain reality star mama for her darling daughter. At the present time, True ranks as the 2,676th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen an astronomical 3,805 spots in popularity since 2018. For boys, True ranks as the 1,276th most popular choice and is up 1,019 spots since last year.
Namberry.com describes the name True as an “inspirational, aspirational word name that would work especially well as a middle name." The site also reminds users that this name was "used by Forest Whitaker for his daughter and more recently by Khloe Kardashian.”