80 Short and Sophisticated Baby Names for the Minimalist Parent

If you’re the type of parent who thinks less is more when it comes to your bub’s name, then you’ve come to the right place.

For the minimalist parent, gone are the days when your child has to practise their super long names a hundred times just to get it right. Also gone are the days when they have to put down their pen in the middle of writing their names to relax their hands, and enough with running out of space in filling up forms with their lengthy names.

So, choosing short names is in for the minimalist in you. But short doesn’t mean plain. You can make your bub’s names short and sweet or better yet, short and sophisticated. If you don’t want the risk of misspelling a lengthy name for your bub, then we’ve got you covered. Pick one or two of these short and sophisticated baby names that your kids will thank you for later.

All these baby names are four letters or less!

Boy’s Names:

Abe

Abel

Ace

It is an English name meaning ‘unity’.

Adam

Axel

Bay

It is a French name meaning ‘auburn-haired.’

Beau

It is a French name meaning ‘handsome’.

Beck

Cale

It is a Hebrew name meaning ‘dog; brave’.

Cash

It is the short form of the name Cassius meaning “vain”.

Cole

Cy

It is an English name meaning ‘master, lord,” It could also be a nickname for Cyrus.

Dash

Dax

It is a French name and is a town in southwestern France dating back before the Roman occupation.

Dean

Dee

It is a nickname for a swarthy person. From the Welsh, du, meaning ‘dark’, ‘black’. It also originated from a Celtic word meaning ‘sacred’, ‘goddess’.

Dex

Drew

It is a Scottish name meaning ‘manly.’

Earl

Eli

It is a Hebrew name meaning ‘high, ascended, or ‘my God’.

Elon

It is a Jewish name meaning “tree” or “oak tree”.

Eryk

 

Fin

It is an Irish name meaning ‘fair’.

Fox

Gad

In Hebrew, it means “fortune, luck”.

Gus

It is from the Latin name Augustus or Augustine, meaning ‘majestic’.

Guy

Hale

It could have originated from the Old English name halh, which means “a nook, hollow or recess” or from the Old Saxon name haelaeh, which means “hero”.

Hank

Jace

Jax

It is an English name meaning ‘God has been gracious; has shown favor’.

Jay

Jude

It is the shortened version of the Hebrew name Judah/Judas meaning “praise”.

Kai

In Basque, it is a common word meaning “pier of a harbour”. It could also be a variant of Kaio (from the old Latin name Caius, meaning “happy”). In Burmese, it means “strong” or “unbreakable” and in Hawaiian, it means “ocean” or “ocean water”.

Kent

Knox

Kurt

Lars

Derived from the Roman name Laurentius, meaning “from Laurentum” or “crowned with laurel”.

Leo

It  is the Latin name for “lion”. In German, it is a short form of the names Leon or Leopold, meaning “brave people.”

Levi

In Hebrew, it could mean “joined, attached”.

Luca

Mo

Mack

Mark

Max

It is a shortened version of Maximilian meaning “greatest” or Maxwell meaning “great spring”.

Mika

Mills

In Ireland, it may be a translation of a Gaelic topographic byname, an Mhuilinn ‘of the mill’.

Milo

Noah

In Hebrew, it means “rest, comfort”.

Pax

It is derived from the Latin pax meaning ‘peace, the binding thing’.

Penn

It is an English name meaning ‘from the enclosure.’

Reid

Remy

It is a French name which is developed from a Latin name, Remigius meaning “oarsman”, which is derived from the Latin “remigis” meaning “oar”.

Rhett

It is a Welsh name meaning ‘form of Rhys: ardent; fiery’.

Rio

In Spanish or Portuguese, it means “river”.

Ryan

Sam

It is of Hebrew origin meaning either “name of God” or “God has heard”.

Saul

Sean

Seth

It is a Hebrew name meaning ‘anointed; compensation’.

Ted

Tom

Trey

It comes from the Old French word treis, meaning three.

Tye

It is an English name meaning ‘from the enclosure’.

Van

It is a Dutch name and is equivalent of ‘de’ in French names.

Wade

Wyn

It is a Welsh name meaning ‘handsome’.

Zac

It is of Hebrew origin meaning ‘remembered by God’.

Zane

It is a Hebrew name meaning ‘Gift from God’.

Zed

Short and Sweet Girl’s Names:

Alix

Alma

Amy

Anya

It is a Russian diminutive of Anna, and is derived from Hannah which means “gracious” or “bringing goodness”.

Arya

Ava

It may be from the Latin word “avis,” meaning “bird.”

Bree

Bren

It is a German name meaning ‘flame’.

Cady

Cia

It is a diminutive of Cynthia and means “of the moon”. .

Cleo

It is a Greek name meaning ‘pride’, ‘fame’ or ‘glory’.

Coco

Cora

It is a variant of the Greek KORË or CORINNA meaning “maiden.”

Dana

In Hebrew, it means “arbiter” or “God is my judge”.

Dot

Dove

Eden

Edie

It is an English name meaning ‘happy warfare’.

Elke

It could be a Low German and East Frisian diminutive of Adelheid, meaning “of noble birth”.

Elle

Elsa

Emma

Erin

Esme

Etta

It is a German name meaning ‘Little one’.

Evie

 

Faye

It is derived from the Middle English word faie meaning “fairy”, or it could have come from the Old French word meaning loyalty or belief.

Gia

It is a short form of Gianna, which in turn is a diminutive of Giovanna meaning “God’s gracious gift.”

Gigi

Gwen

Hope

Iris

Isla

It is derived from “Islay”, which is the name of an island off the west coast of Scotland. It is also the name of two Scottish rivers.

Ivy

It is an English name meaning ‘faithfulness’.

Jada

It comes from the Hebrew word “yadha” meaning ‘he knows, the knowing one.’

Jill

Juno

It could possibly be related to an Indo-European root meaning “youth”, or possibly of Etruscan origin.

Kate

Kira

Lacy

Lana

It can be short for Alana (in English) or Svetlana (in Russian), as well as a derivative of the Greek name Helen. It could also come from the Gaelic word ailin, meaning “little rock”.

Lara

In Greek, it means cheerful, happy.

Lark

It is taken from the name of the songbird, which is derived from the Middle English larke, laverke (lark).

Lily

Lois

Lyla

Lu

It is of Old German and Latin origin meaning”famous warrior; light; famous warrior; other, foreign”.

Luna

It is an Italian and Spanish name of Latin origin meaning ‘moon’.

Lux

It is derived from the Spanish word luz meaning light.

 

Mae

It is a French name meaning ‘the month of May’.

Maya

Mila

Mia

Myra

It is related to the Latin, Sanskrit and Slavic words for “wonder”, “peace” and “wonderful”.

Nala

In African, it means ‘successful’ and ‘beloved’. In Sanskrit, it means stem, hollow reed.

Nell

It is an English pet form of “Helen”, (meaning: light) and by extension, derivatives “Ellen”, “Elinor”, etc.

Nora

Nova

Opal

It is derived from the Sanskrit ‘upala’, meaning “jewel”.

Pia

It is a Latin name meaning “pious, devout, prayerful”.

Rain

It means abundant blessings from above.

Rose

Rhea

It is a Greek name meaning ‘the mother of the Greek god, Zeus. Wife of Cronus’.

Roxy

It is a Persian name meaning ‘dawn; bright’.

Rue

It is an English name meaning “regret.”

 

Shea

It is an Anglicised form of Gaelic Ó Séaghdha or ‘descendant of Séaghdha’, and a byname meaning ‘fine’ or ‘fortunate’.

Tara

Tess

An abbreviation of Teresa, it is an English name meaning ‘harvester’.

Thea

It is a Greek name meaning ‘goddess; godly’.

Tori

It is an English name and derived from Victoria, meaning triumphant.

Uma

In Sanskrit, the word umā can mean “tranquillity”, “splendour”, “fame” and “night”. In Hebrew and Aramaic, it means “nation”.

Vera

In Russian, it means “faith” although it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus, meaning “true”.

Vi

It is an English name meaning ‘Violet’.

Wila

It is a Hawaiian name meaning ‘loyal; faithful’.

Xara

A respelling of the name Sara or Sarah, it means princess.

Zoe

In Greek, it means “life”.

Zoya

Zuri

It is the Swahili name for “beautiful”. It could also mean good, nice, pretty, lovely, cute and attractive.

Aren’t these names super cute?

80 Short and Sophisticated Baby Names for the Minimalist Parent

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