180 Short Girl Names That Are Simple and Sweet

Paras Kumar
5 Min Read

When it comes to choosing a girl name, everything comes in cycles. Sometimes old-fashioned names are in, sometimes the new and modern take over. Some years, a pop culture event inspires a new wave of baby names — we’re looking at you, everyone Bridgerton babies out there – other years go towards the traditional, timeless names.

Believe it or not, the length of a baby name also changes with the current baby name trends. According to Quartza popular news organization, the era of long, flowing girl names like Jessica, Brittany, Amanda, Samantha and Ashley has given way to punchier, shorter names like Cora, Luna, Ava and Mia.

Of course, you can always find counterexamples, such as Charlotte and Isabellatwo great, long girl names that have managed to stay in the top 10. But if you look at the data from the Social Security Administration (SSA), which keeps track of baby names, you can see that the top five names have gotten shorter every year since the 1990s the number.

And why not? Short names are easy to remember, easy to spell and roll off the tongue. If you’re looking for a quick name, we’ve scoured the SSA list of most popular baby names to find the hottest short girl names and also offer some suggestions for some upcoming names.

Short girl names with two letters

While there are two letter girl names out there – sort of Io from Greek mythology, which gives its name to a moon of Jupiter – none have made the SSA’s list of most popular baby names. (There are two on the list of the most popular boy names if you want to take them to your girl: Stay and Thanks.) Instead, two-letter girl names are usually shortened forms of longer names, such as You, El, Em, Yes, Lu, Mo, Rest, We or Yo.

Short girl names with three letters

There aren’t as many three-letter girl names on the SSA list as there are four-letter girl names, so there’s still something unique about them. If three is your magic number, try one of these names, listed in order from most popular to least popular.

  1. Ava
  2. Mia
  3. Zoe
  4. Ivy
  5. Eve
  6. Ada
  7. Amy
  8. My a
  9. Gia
  10. Lia
  11. No a
  12. Joy
  13. Ari
  14. Eve
  15. Mae
  16. Nine
  17. Life
  18. Sky
  19. Leah
  20. Ila
  21. Kai
  22. Bria
  23. Come on

And while these didn’t make the SSA’s list of the 1,000 most popular names, these are some to consider if you want something that’s still under the radar (listed in alphabetical order).

  1. Ann
  2. Bea
  3. Point
  4. Faye
  5. GEM
  6. Ida
  7. Is one
  8. January
  9. Kay
  10. Equipment
  11. Leeward
  12. Lou
  13. Lux
  14. Max
  15. Nev
  16. Nyx
  17. Pia
  18. Beep
  19. Beam
  20. Clean
  21. Undo
  22. Sam
  23. Prophesy
  24. Una
  25. Choice
  26. Wynn
  27. Zia
a sleeping baby uses a pacifier while wrapped in a pink blanket

Getty Images

Short girl names with four letters

For many, four letters is the sweet spot: not too short, not too long. These are all the four-letter girl names that made the SSA list — and as you can see, there’s a lot to choose from (listed in order of popularity).

  1. Emma
  2. Luna
  3. Ella
  4. ARIA
  5. Mila
  6. Nora
  7. Lily
  8. Nova
  9. Isla
  10. Zoey
  11. Leah
  12. Lucy
  13. Maya
  14. Ruby
  15. Anna
  16. Cora
  17. Jade
  18. Iris
  19. Ayla
  20. Lyla
  21. Rose
  22. Arya
  23. The oath
  24. Draw
  25. Mary
  26. June
  27. Sage
  28. Ruth
  29. Sara
  30. Zuri
  31. Zara
  32. Purple
  33. Nyla
  34. Vera
  35. Hope
  36. Kaya
  37. Myla
  38. Ana
  39. Wren
  40. Lola
  41. Jane
  42. Potassium
  43. Lena
  44. Evie
  45. Leia
  46. Thea
  47. Nina
  48. Cali
  49. Ella
  50. Demi
  51. Lana
  52. Esme
  53. Kira
  54. Rory
  55. Kate
  56. Lexi
  57. Skye
  58. Maya
  59. Marine
  60. Mira
  61. Lyre
  62. Raya
  63. Ryan
  64. Cold
  65. Cora
  66. Maci
  67. Alma
  68. Anya
  69. Mara
  70. Dior
  71. Opal
  72. Remy
  73. Abby
  74. Erin
  75. Anne
  76. Mine
  77. Ant
  78. Alia
  79. Nola
  80. Faye
  81. Rhea
  82. Macy’s
  83. Yara
  84. Pink
  85. Kyra
  86. Naya
  87. line
  88. Corey
  89. Lara
  90. Sure
  91. Noah
  92. Ezra
  93. Dani
  94. Halo
  95. Nala
  96. Aila
  97. Kara
  98. Cleo
  99. Iyla
  100. Hannah
  101. And I
  102. Drawn
  103. Zora
  104. Aww
  105. Kidney
  106. Gwen
  107. Noor
  108. Wade
  109. Vedas
  110. Elijah
  111. Shay
  112. One
  113. Elsa
  114. Zoya
  115. Zoe
  116. Zola
  117. Far
  118. Tori

Looking for more girl name inspiration? Check out our list of the best Irish girl names, Indian/Hindu girl names, Latin American girl names and long girl names, along with boy names and unisex names for good measure.

Share This Article
I'm a freelance journalist and editor who's passionate about the power of words. I earned my journalism degree from Oregon State University and have been freelancing since 2016. When I'm not surfing or hiking, I love diving into time management, news, fiction, entertainment and science & books. The impact of words has always captivated me.
Leave a comment
%d bloggers like this: