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150 Short Girl Names for Modern Babies

Oct 21, 2021

150 Short Girl Names for Modern Babies

Let’s find the perfect short name for your baby girl…

First, a quick overview of what’s to come…

The names on this list are 3, 4, or 5 letters.

You can use the table of contents below to either browse by category or by name length.

In {brackets} you’ll find the meanings of each name, and if you notice a number (#) next to it, that’s the current popularity in the United States.

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You can also check out this list of one-syllable girl names which contains names that sound short, even though some actually contain 6 or more letters.

Okay, are you ready?

Let’s dive in and check out the best short names for girls!

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Trendy short girl names

These short baby girls’ names are hot right now!

Aria {melody or air} #26
Cora {maiden} #88
Ella {fairy maiden} #15
Emery {industrious} #89
Emma {whole} #2
Hazel {of the Hazelnut tree} #31
Kylie {a boomerang} #132
Layla {night} #24
Luna {moon} #14
Lyla {night} #118
Maya {water} #61
Mia {mine} #8
Mila {beloved} #20
Nova {new} #38
Piper {flute player} #91

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Cute short girl names

cute short girl names

All of these short baby girl names sound friendly and sweet.

Demi {half}
Emmy or Emmie {rival}
Evie {tribal woman}
Jolie {pretty}
Josie {Jehovah shall grow}
Lacey {from Lassy}
Macie {weapon}
Mira {peace}
Noe {peaceful}
Penny {from Penelope}
Roux {reddish brown}
Zuri {good + beautiful}

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Gender-neutral short girl names

gender neutral short girl names

Nonbinary names are super popular right now—for good reason! All of these are fantastic choices.

Aden {little fire}
Alex {defender}
Aster {a daisy-like flower}
Avery {elf king} #19
Hale {hollow dweller}
Hayes {brushwood}
Lane or Layne {pathway}
Reese {fiery}
Remi {oarsman}
Rhett {advice}
Riley {wood clearing} #33
Rowan {reddish brown tree}
Rylan {island meadow}

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Lively short girl names

lively short girl names

I sort of just made up a baby names category. 🙂 The short girl names in this section all mean light or life!

Ava {life}
Blake {fair or light}
Clara {clear + bright}
Ellie {shining one}
Ember {spark}
Eve {life}
Evie {life}
Jules {youthful}
Lena {ray of light}
Nora {light}
Liv {life}
Lucie or Lucy {light}
Mazie {child of light}
Nelly or Nellie {light}
Rai {like ray of light}
Zoey {life}

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Organic short girl names

short girl names organic

There are SO many nature-inspired baby names that I’ve broken them up into two categories. This first batch has names with obvious meanings.

Amber {fossil resin}
Aspen {tree with heart leaves}
Birch {tree}
Cove {sheltered bay}
Daisy {flower name}
Ivory {white}
Ivy {plant}
Jade {green stone}
Jem or Gem {precious stone}
Jewel {precious stone}
Lily {flower}
Olive {from a tree}
Onyx {gem}
Poppy {red flower}
Rain or Rayne {abundant blessings}
Raven {black bird}
Rose or Rosie {flower}
Ruby {strong red gemstone}
Sage {grayish green herb}
Sky {limitless}
Storm {weather event}

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Nature-inspired short girl names

nature short girl names

Here is the second batch of natural names. While less obvious at face value, all of the names below have a nature-inspired meaning.

Arden {great forest}
Ayla {oak tree}
Brie {marshland}
Bryn {hill}
Dara {oak tree}
Embry {flat topped hill}
Haley {hay clearing}
Kyla or Kylah {narrow land}
Laila {night}
Lani {sky in Hawaiian}
Lila {night}
Mara {a river}
Meryl {of the bright sea}
Peri {mountain dweller}
Reva {rain}
Terra {earth}
Valli {winding plant}
Vela {coastline}

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Strong short girl names

strong short girl names

These next baby girl names are short but mighty!

Arya {air or melody}
Hart {brave}
James {supplanter}
Lara {fortress}
Lexi {defender}
Ryder {horsewoman}
Rylee {valiant}

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Spiritual short girl names

spiritual short girl names

These next short girl names are perfect for parents who believe that their precious daughter was sent from above.

Amara {grace}
Annie {grace}
Eden {place of delight}
Eliza {pledged to God}
Elsie {pledged to God}
Grace {goodness}
Haven {safe place}
Jodi {Jehovah shall grow}
Mercy {compassion}
Vera {faith}

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Regal short girl names

regal short girl names

All of these beautiful short names are fit for a princess!

Ada {noble}
Addie {noble}
Alice {noble}
Audra {noble strength}
Heidi {noble}
Kira {throne}
Rey {king}
Rory {red king}
Sadie {princess}

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Vintage short girl names

Vintage short girl names

These short girl names have been around for centuries but remain beautiful modern choices.

Agnes {pure}
Anne {grace}
Edith {prosperous in war}
Jane {gracious}
Mabel {lovable}
Marie {star of the sea}
Pearl {gem}
Roxy {dawn}

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Timeless short girl names

Timeless short girl names

These short girl names have stood the test of time. They’re classic, yet modern, and might be just what you’re going for!

Alana {cheerful}
Belle {beautiful}
Dana {gift}
Elyse {abundance}
Erin {Ireland}
Faye {fairy}
Fiona {fair}
Hope {great expectations}
June {sixth month}
Kara {Cornish name for love}
Kate {pure}
Leah {weary}
Leigh {delicate}
Lydia {beautiful one}
Malia {bitter}
Page or Paige {helper}

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Uncommon short girl names

uncommon short girl names

Now for some short girl names that are uncommon without being too far out there…

Delia {born on Delos}
Effie {pleasant speech}
Juno {Roman goddess}
Letty {joy}
Lyra {lyre harp}
Marin {beautiful place near SF!}
Monet {to be heard}
Nila {dark blue}
Quinn {counsel}
Rebel {maverick}

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This wraps up the categorized lists of short girl names for modern babies.

The next batch of lists includes the same names you’ve seen above, but organized by the number of letters. You’ll find this helpful if you’ve got a specific name length in mind.

Feel free to jump ahead to 3 letter girl names4 letter girl names, or 5 letter girl names.

3 Letter Girl Names

If you want an easy-to-spell name that will be unique and memorable, consider one of these three letter girl names.

Ada {noble}
Ava {life}
Eve {life}
Ivy {plant}
Jem or Gem {precious stone}
Liv {life}
Mia {mine}
Noe {peaceful}
Rai {like ray of light}
Rey {king}
Sky {limitless}

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4 Letter Girl Names

Here are over 60 amazing four-letter girl names.

Aden {little fire}
Alex
{defender}
Anne {grace}
Aria {melody or air}
Arya {air or melody}
Ayla {oak tree}
Brie {marshland}
Bryn {hill}
Cora {maiden}
Cove {sheltered bay}
Dana {gift}
Dara {oak tree}

Demi {half}
Eden {place of delight}
Ella {fairy maiden}
Emma {whole}
Emmy {rival}
Erin {Ireland}
Evie {life}
Faye {fairy}
Evie {tribal woman}
Hale {hollow dweller}

Hart {brave}
Hope {great expectations}
Jade {green stone}
Jane {gracious}
Jodi {Jehovah shall grow}
June {sixth month}
Juno {Roman goddess}
Kara {Cornish name for love}
Kate {pure}
Kira {throne}
Kyla {narrow land}
Lane {pathway}

Lani {sky in Hawaiian}
Lara {fortress}
Leah {weary}
Lena {ray of light}
Nora {light}
Lexi {defender}
Lila {night}
Lily {flower}
Lucy {light}
Luna {moon}
Lyla {night}

Lyra {lyre harp}
Mara {a river}
Maya {water}
Mila {beloved}
Mira {peace}
Nila {dark blue}
Nova {new}
Onyx {gem}
Page {helper}
Peri {mountain dweller}
Rain {abundant blessings}
Remi {oarsman}
Reva {rain}

Rory {red king}
Rose {flower}
Roux {reddish brown}
Roxy {dawn}
Ruby {strong red gemstone}
Sage {grayish green herb}
Vela {coastline}
Vera {faith}
Zoey {life}
Zuri {good + beautiful}

Keep in mind that you can use some of these 4 letter girl names as nicknames. Then you can go with the longer more ‘official’ names as first names: Genevieve (Evie), Leonora (Nora), and Lillian (Lily).

5 Letter Girl Names

Five letter girl names are just mini enough to make our list of short baby names. Here are 80+ options to consider…

Addie {noble}
Agnes {pure}
Alana {cheerful}
Alice {noble}
Amara {grace}
Amber {fossil resin}
Annie {grace}
Arden {great forest}
Aspen {tree with heart leaves}
Aster {a daisy-like flower}
Audra {noble strength}

 

Avery {elf king}
Belle {beautiful}
Birch {tree}
Blake {fair or light}
Celia {heavenly}
Clara {clear + bright}
Daisy {flower name}
Delia {born on Delos}
Edith {prosperous in war}
Effie {pleasant speech}
Eliza {pledged to God}

 

Ellie {shining one}
Elsie {pledged to God}
Elyse {abundance}
Ember {spark}
Embry {flat topped hill}
Emery {industrious}
Emmie {rival}
Fiona {fair}
Grace {goodness}
Haley {hay clearing}
Haven {safe place}

 

Hayes {brushwood}
Hazel {of the Hazelnut tree}
Heidi {noble}
Ivory {white}
James {supplanter}
Jewel {precious stone}
Jolie {pretty}
Josie {Jehovah shall grow}
Jules {youthful}
Kylah {narrow land}
Kylie {a boomerang}

 

Lacey {from Lassy}
Laila {night}
Layne {pathway}
Layla {night}
Leigh {delicate}
Letty {joy}
Lucie {light}
Lydia {beautiful one}
Mabel {lovable}
Macie {weapon}
Malia {bitter}
Marie {star of the sea}

 

Marin {beautiful place near SF!}
Mazie {child of light}
Mercy {compassion}
Meryl {of the bright sea}
Monet {to be heard}
Nellie {light}
Olive {from a tree}
Pearl {gem}
Penny {from Penelope}
Piper {flute player}
Poppy {red flower}

 

Quinn {counsel}
Raven {black bird}
Rebel {maverick}
Reese {fiery}
Rhett {advice}
Riley {wood clearing}
Rosie {flower}
Rowan {reddish brown tree}
Ryder {horsewoman}
Rylan {island meadow}
Rylee {valiant}
Sadie {princess}
Storm {weather event}
Terra {earth}
Valli {winding plant}

 

Final thoughts on choosing a short girl’s name

Hopefully, you’ve found a few lead contenders on this mega list of short girl names, or at least come away with some baby name inspiration.

Whether you prefer a style that’s trendy, cute, gender-neutral, lively, nature-inspired, strong, spiritual, regal, vintage, timeless, or uncommon, all of these short baby names are precious choices.

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect short name for your daughter!

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150 Short Girl Names for Modern Babies