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33 One Syllable Girl Names that are Actually Cool

Jul 16, 2021

33 One Syllable Girl Names that are Actually Cool

Choosing a single syllable name for your baby girl…

On the hunt for a modern one-syllable girl’s name that sounds cool but isn’t over-done?

There are surprisingly few choices for single-syllable names for girls—there are many more one-syllable names for boys.

But not to worry, I’ve got all the good ones right here!

I scoured the internet for one syllable girl names, and then eliminated the ones that were either too weird, too old-fashioned, or simply overused.

Here, we’ve got a nice neat list of actually great choices of first and middle names for girls that are just one syllable.

Let’s dive in…

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One syllable girl names

Click on the pink plus sign to view more details about the name, including its meaning, its popularity, and a shortlist of middle names that flow with it.

Belle

Name meaning: Beautiful.

Popularity: Belle is currently the 999th most popular girl’s name in the United States. (Just barely making the top 1000!)

The similar name Bella is #64.

Middle name ideas:

  • Belle Blakely
  • Belle Paisley
  • Belle Camden
  • Belle Harlow
  • Belle Kinsley
  • Belle Magnolia
  • Belle Meadow
  • Scarlett Belle
  • Shiloh Belle
  • Mila Belle

When used as a middle name, it can sound like the first and middle names are actually one name. Think Annabelle and Mirabel. (You may or may not like this, so just keep it in mind).

Blair or Blaire

Name meaning: Field dweller.

Popularity: Blair is currently the 333rd most popular girl’s name in the United States. When spelled with an e, Blaire ranks at #669.

Middle name ideas:

  • Blaire Aria
  • Blaire Addison
  • Avery Blaire
  • Emery Blaire
  • Malia Blair
  • Blair Madison

Blake

Name meaning: Fair or light.

Popularity: Blake is currently the 219th most popular girl’s name in the United States. Interestingly, the name Blakely is even more popular, coming in at 167.

Middle name ideas:

  • Blake Harper
  • Blake Riley
  • Blake Ryder
  • Blake Sutton
  • Blakely Lennox
  • Sierra Blake
  • Demi Blake
  • Skylar Blake

Oh, and a little hint: The name Blakely makes an excellent middle name for MANY one syllable girl names. Keep that in mind if you come across a first name that’s harder to pair.

Brie or Bree

Name meaning: Marshland.

Popularity: Neither Brie or Bree is currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it a lovely uncommon one-syllable name.

(The last time Bree was in the top 1000 was 2012, and even then it was #955).

Middle name ideas:

  • Bree Victoria
  • Brie Meadows
  • Brie Mariah
  • Emilia Bree
  • Madelyn Bree

Brooke

Name meaning: Small stream.

Popularity: Brooke is currently the 237th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Brooke Raquel
  • Brooke Michelle
  • Brooke Ryder
  • Brooke Hailey
  • Brooke Lauren
  • Hazel Brooke
  • Indigo Brooke

Brynn or Bryn

Name meaning: Hill.

Popularity: Brynn is currently the 332nd most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Brynn Elyse
  • Brynn Magnolia
  • Brynn Harper
  • Bryn Sophia
  • Olivia Bryn
  • Brynn Blakely

Cove

Name meaning: Sheltered bay.

Popularity: Cove is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it one syllable name that will stand out from the crowd!

Middle name ideas:

  • Lila Cove
  • Aspen Cove
  • Ayla Cove
  • Cove Juliana
  • Cove Alexandra
  • Cove Blakely

This name is slightly more popular for boys, but don’t let that stop you! It’s a beautiful gender neutral moniker.

 

Eve

Name meaning: Life.

Popularity: Eve is currently the 471st most popular girl’s name in the United States. Interestingly, the similar name Evie is more popular, coming in at #319.

Middle name ideas:

  • Eve Scarlett
  • Eve Sienna
  • Eve Sutton
  • Eve Hazel
  • Eve Danielle
  • Eve Abigail
  • Evie Delilah
  • Evie Harriet
  • Evie Rylan
  • Evie Palmer

Faye

Name meaning: Fairy.

Popularity: Faye is currently the 687th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Faye Valli
  • Faye Sophie
  • Faye Rowan
  • Faye Noelle
  • Faye Natalia
  • Faye Magnolia
  • Faye Blakely

Grace

Name meaning: Elegance and refinement.

Popularity: Grace is currently the 28th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Grace Kinsley
  • Grace Presley
  • Grace Isabella
  • Sierra Grace
  • Abigail Grace
  • Emerson Grace

I hesitated to include Grace on this list of one syllable girl names because it’s arguably kind of overdone. That said, it’s a really beautiful middle name that goes super well with most first names.

Hale

Name meaning: Hollow dweller.

Popularity: Hale is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names, so it’s a nice choice for an uncommon single syllable girl’s name.

Middle name ideas:

  • Marley Hale
  • Mazie Hale
  • Shiloh Hale
  • Emma Hale
  • Hale Valli
  • Hale Willow
  • Hale Blakely

Hart

Name meaning: Brave.

Sounds like heart!

Popularity: Hart does not make the list of the top 1000 baby names, making it a great option for a cute but not overused 1 syllable girl’s name.

Middle name ideas:

  • Hart Blakely
  • Hart Brinley
  • Hart Chesney
  • Hart Kinsley
  • Hart Lavender
  • Hart Magnolia
  • Millie Hart
  • Avery Hart

Hayes

Name meaning: Brushwood.

Popularity: Hayes is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls; however, it’s the 245th most popular boy’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Hayes Lavender
  • Hayes Abigail
  • Hayes Emery
  • Hayes Leighton
  • Hayes Palmer
  • Hayes Porter
  • Hayes Shiloh
  • Hayes Terra

Hope

Name meaning: Great expectations.

Popularity: Hope is currently the 204th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Hope Alexandria
  • Hope Lennox
  • Hope Meadow
  • Hope Piper
  • Hope Scarlett

Jade

Name meaning: Green stone.

Popularity: Jade is currently the 97th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Jade Arden
  • Jade Aspen
  • Jade Blakely
  • Jade Embry
  • Jade Hannah
  • Jade Taylor
  • Lacey Jade
  • Lexi Jade
  • Maya Jade
  • Olive Jade
  • Raven Jade

Jade would actually be one of my top picks for a girl’s name!

It’s also one of my go-to one-syllable middle names for girls.

James

James is a great one-syllable middle name for a girl!

Name meaning: Supplanter.

Popularity: Unsurprisingly, James is not in the top 1000 baby names for girls, but it’s the 6th most popular boy’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Haley James
  • Reagan James
  • Remi James
  • Evie James
  • Kylie James
  • Macie James
  • Mira James

Jane

Name meaning: Gracious.

Popularity: Jane is currently the 265th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Jane Oakley
  • Jane Kinsley
  • Jane Hadley
  • Jane Harlow
  • Jane Leighton
  • Jane Riley

Jane is “plain”… but somehow still cool in my book. (Especially if you pair it with a fun middle name.)

Jem or Gem

Name meaning: A precious or semi-precious stone.

Popularity: Jem/Gem is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names, making it an uncommon yet trendy-sounding one syllable name for a little girl.

Middle name ideas:

  • Jem Blakely
  • Gem Hazel
  • Jem Indigo
  • Gem Mazie
  • Jem Paisley
  • Gem Palmer
  • Jem Sutton
  • Gem Sage

Jewel

Name meaning:

Popularity: Jewel is not currently in the top 1000 baby names for girls. The last time it was ranking was 2019.

Middle name ideas:

  • Jewel Blakely
  • Jewel Harlow
  • Jewel Indigo
  • Jewel Hartley
  • Jewel Arden

Jules

Name meaning: Youthful.

Popularity: Jules is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls, making it a beautiful and uncommon one syllable name.

Middle name ideas:

  • Jules Blakely
  • Jules Marley
  • Jules Avery
  • Jules Brinley
  • Jules Embry
  • Jules Harlow

Kate

Name meaning: Pure.

Popularity: Kate is currently the 411th most popular girl’s name in the United States. The similar name Katie is #484.

For reference, Katherine is #135 and Catherine is #267.

Middle name ideas:

  • Kate Isadora
  • Kate Elizabeth
  • Kate Emerson
  • Kate Magnolia
  • Kate Penelope
  • Kate Sofia
  • Avery Kate
  • Aubrey Kate

Layne or Lane or Laine

Name meaning: Pathway.

Popularity: Layne is currently the 920th most popular girl’s name in the United States. The similar name Lainey ranks at #364 and Laney at 657.

Lane is #256 for boys (but does not rank for girls with this spelling). Layne for a boy is also more popular than Layne for a girl, coming in at #668 for boys.

Middle name ideas:

  • Lane Celeste
  • Layne Teagan
  • Lane Arden
  • Layne Aspen
  • Lane Embry
  • Laine Hadley
  • Lane Harriet
  • Layne Kinsley
  • Lane Marley

Leigh

Name meaning: Delicate.

Popularity: Leigh is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls. The similar name Leah is the 45th post popular girl’s name.

Middle name ideas:

  • Leigh Hadley
  • Leigh Hartley
  • Leigh Teagan
  • Leigh Taylor
  • Leigh Scarlett

Liv

Name meaning: Life.

Popularity: Liv is currently the 667th most popular girl’s name in the United States. The similar name Livia is #812.

Keep in mind that Olivia is the #1 most popular name for girls.

Middle name ideas:

  • Liv Charlotte
  • Liv Marley
  • Liv Mazie
  • Liv Oakley
  • Liv Magnolia
  • Liv Scarlett
  • Liv Palmer

Paige or Page

Name meaning: Helper.

Popularity: Paige is currently the 273rd most popular girl’s name in the United States. The spelling without the i, Page, isn’t ranking.

Middle name ideas:

  • Paige Rowan
  • Page Olivia
  • Paige Madelyn
  • Hazel Page
  • Marley Page
  • Reva Page
  • Skylar Page

Quinn or Quin

Name meaning: Counsel.

Popularity: Quinn is currently the 85th most popular girl’s name in the United States.

Middle name ideas:

  • Quinn Blakely
  • Quinn Charlotte
  • Quinn Lennox
  • Quinn Magnolia
  • Quinn Palmer
  • Quinn Ryder

Rai or Rey

Name meaning: King. Or like “ray” of light.

Popularity: Rai/Rey is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names for girls. The name is more popular for boys: Ray is #724 and Rey is #888.

Middle name ideas:

  • Rai Teagan
  • Rey Skylar
  • Rai Marley
  • Rey Magnolia
  • Rai Lily
  • Rai Hartley
  • Rey Embry
  • Rai Brinley

Rey Skywalker is the heroine of the most recent Star Wars movie, so it’s highly possible that this name will grow quickly in popularity.

Reese

Name meaning:Fiery, enthusiastic, and passionate.

Popularity: Reese is the 157th most popular baby girl’s name in the U.S.

Middle name ideas:

  • Reese Hart
  • Reese Page
  • Reese Hadley
  • Reese Harper
  • Reese Oakley

Related: Middle names for Reese

Rose

Name meaning: A romantic flower.

Popularity: Rose is currently the 113th most popular girl’s name in the United States. The similar name Rosie is #470.

Middle name ideas:

  • Scarlett Rose
  • Abigail Rose
  • Annabelle Rose
  • Aria Rose
  • Ava Rose
  • Rose Olivia
  • Rose Sophia
  • Rose Victoria

This name is very old-fashioned, but it falls into the category of “everything old is new again.”

Roux

Name meaning: Reddish brown.

Popularity: Roux is not currently ranking in the top 1000 baby names, so it’s a great choice for a friendly-sounding one syllable girl’s name.

Middle name ideas:

  • Roux Brinley
  • Roux Harper
  • Roux Kinsley
  • Roux Madison
  • Roux Morgan
  • Roux Paisley
  • Roux Presley

Sage

Name meaning: Grayish green herb. Also means wise.

Popularity: Sage is currently the 223rd most popular girl’s name in the United States.

I personally prefer Sage as a middle name (and happen to love the color sage)!

Middle name ideas:

  • Sage Madison
  • Sage Madelyn
  • Sage Magnolia
  • Teagan Sage
  • Juliana Sage
  • Malia Sage
  • Eden Sage
  • Harlow Sage
  • Poppy Sage
  • Olive Sage

Skye or Sky

Name meaning: Limitless!

Popularity: Skye is currently the 467th most popular girl’s name in the United States. Sky without the e ranks at #801.

Middle name ideas:

  • Skye Blakely
  • Skye Bridget
  • Sky Embry
  • Skye Harlow
  • Mazie Sky
  • Noe Sky
  • Violet Sky

You could also go with Skylar (or Skyler) as the first name, and abbreviate it as Skye.

Sloane or Sloan

Name meaning: Warrior.

Popularity: Sloane is currently the 181st most popular girl’s name in the United States. Spelled without the e, Sloan ranks #663.

Middle name ideas:

  • Sloane Emerson
  • Sloane Morgan
  • Sloane Remington
  • Abigail Sloane
  • Addison Sloane
  • Rylan Sloane
  • Sloane Lennox
  • Sloan Blakely

Final thoughts on single syllable girl names

You really can’t go wrong with any of these one syllable girl names. There are so many beautiful choices that flow nicely with a variety of middle names and last names.

Jot down your shortlist of favorite baby names and then one by one, try to eliminate the names that make you less excited than the others.

If you haven’t decided on the perfect name, or if you’re not 100% sure you want a one syllable name for your baby girl, here are some other lists to check out:

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One Syllable Girl Names that are Actually Cool