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3 Letter Girl Names: Ava, Mia, and More

3 letter girl names range from the modern to the vintage, the edgy to the sweet.

The very nature of mini names means that there are only so many choices. In fact, just a handful chart in the current US Top 100.

Still, if keeping it brief appeals to you, 3 letter girl names could be just right for your daughter.

And the fact that many of these pack two syllables into so few letters? That’s a bonus.

ADA (#180)

As in Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and pioneering computer programmer, centuries before such a thing even existed. It fits with Addie names like Addison and Adeline, and substitutes beautifully for chart-topping Ava, too.

ALI (unranked)

A traditional masculine choice in Arabic, Ali means lofty. On a girl, Ali probably serves as a slimmed down version of Allie, the first few letters of Alison, Alexandra or Alicia.

AMY (#188)

Little Women makes Amy literary, and a great meaning – beloved – is also appealing. This former Top Ten favorite has fallen in use for now, but chances are this mini name will make a comeback.

ANA (#235)

It doesn’t get much more classic than the Ann- names. At #211, Ana trails Anna and even Annabelle in the rankings, but remains quite popular. The single ‘n’ spelling is preferred in Spanish, but also several Slavic languages.

ANI (unranked)

With so many girls’ names including Anne or Anna, Ani feels like an inevitable possibility. (Legendary singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco was born Angela.)

ANN (unranked; Anne #588)

If you love your Anne of Green Gables, Ann might look plain wrong to you. Anne explained to us, “… A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished. If you’ll only call me Anne spelled with an E I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia.” And yet, the simplicity of the e-free version retains its own kind of appeal.

ARI (unranked)

In Hebrew, it’s a masculine name meaning lion. But girls’ names like Ariana and Aria have become staples in recent years, making Ari an obvious feminine nickname choice, too – or maybe a mini name for a daughter.

ASH (unranked)

Ash fits with 3 letter girl names, even though it’s more popular for boys. After all, long-time favorite Ashley has been succeeded by Ashlyn and Ashlynn, making these letters familiar choices for our daughters.

AVA (#5)

Ava languished in obscurity during the 1970s and 80s, but rocketed to the top after a string of celebrities chose the name, especially Heather Locklear in 1997 and Reese Witherspoon in 1999. Now those celebrity kids are all grown up, and the name is still going strong.

AYA (#801)

Another of the mini names for girls with a global vibe, Aya is usually listed as Japan in origin, but it has charted in the Top 100, or higher, in Spain, Belgium, Denmark, and France in recent years.

BAY (unranked)

A nature name in the key of rising River and Ocean. Fans of Switched at Birth on ABC Family will also recognize it as the name of one of the series’ main characters.

BEA and BEE (unranked; Beatrice #565)

An obvious nickname for Beatrice, Bea can also stand on its own. So, of course, can Bee, an initial name in the key of Kay.

BEV (unranked)

A brief take on former favorite Beverly.

BLU (unranked)

Blue with an E is rare, but climbing in use. It turns out three letter mini name Blu is on the upswing, too.

BRI (unranked)

Does Bri rhyme with fry and sky or Bea and key? Probably the latter, since Bree name like Aubrey and Brielle are popular choices.

CAI (unranked)

Another spelling for Kai, though this is traditonally a Welsh masculine name from Arthurian legend.

DEA (unranked)

Either an unexpected take on Dee or maybe another way to spell Dia. In Scandi languages, it’s a common short form for any name with a strong D sound and the right ending, like Dorotea or even Adelaide.

DEE (unranked)

Another initial name, short for anything beginning with D.

DOE (unranked)

We all that doe is a deer, a female deer. Doe could also be a given name, just like Wren, or possibly one inspired by longer Do- names, like Dorothy.

DIA (unranked)

The Spanish word for day, as well as a name across cultures, including multiple figures from Greek mythology.

DOT (unranked)

Once a Dorothy (or Theodora) nickname, brief and complete Dot has potential as an independent name, too.

DRU (unranked)

We’re used to seeing Drew as an Andrew nickname. Drew Barrymore raised the name’s unisex potential. Dru isn’t just a re-spelling. It also connects to overlooked Roman possibility Drusilla, a name that also appears in the New Testament.

ELA (unranked)

In could be short for names like Elizabeth and Eleanor – and in some languages, it is. But Ela also claims a Hebrew origin. It refers to a type of tree, though it’s also often spelled Elah.

EMI (unranked)

Emi is to Emmie as Ali is to Allie. Or not. Because Emi also derives from a Japanese name. It can be short for Emiko, or stand on its own.

EVA (#93)

Ev- names are having a moment, and longer options abound – from Evangeline to Evalyn to some far more obscure possibilities. But Eva is brief, complete, and elegant.

EVE (#485)

Consistently less common than the two-syllable Eva, Eve brings to mind the Garden of Eden, as well as joyful celebrations like New Year’s Eve.

FAE, FAY (unranked; Faye #607)

Fae, Fay, and Faye all come from an English word meaning fairy. Minimalist and magical, too.

FLO (unranked)

Short for Florence, and made famous by an Olympic champ and a fictional Progressive spokesperson.

GEM (unranked; Gemma #191)

Gemma is popular; just Gem offers just as much sparkle in a mere three letters. Jem is an option, too, if one that brings to mind 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms.

GIA (#278)

Mia opens the door for Gia. It’s an Italian nickname for Gianna, which is short for Giovanna, making this a feminine form of John.

IDA (unranked)

Ida came to England with the Normans. As a Germanic name, it means work. There’s a second Greek origin; Ida was the name of the mountain where the god Zeus was born. Ida flourished in the 1880s, following the success of a Tennyson poem and a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Pioneering Progressive-ear journalist Ida Tarbell is a notable namesake.

ILA (unranked)

3 letter baby girl names might seem limiting, but sometimes short choices feel more international than their longer counterparts. In Sanskrit, Ila means earth. In several languages, it’s shorter for longer names beginning with Il. And sometimes Ila is a simplified spelling of popular Isla. The name ranked in the US Top 1000 every year from 1880 into the 1950s, making it brief and vintage, too.

INA (unranked)

Ina Garten – better known as the Barefoot Contessa – is a Food Network staple. While her given name is just Ina, it’s potentially short for dozens of names.

IRA (unranked)

A traditional masculine name, Ira can also be short for feminine favorites like Irina.

IVA (unranked)

This pretty Slavic name can mean willow tree or yew tree. It might also be short for Ivanna, which makes it a cousin to Gia, another name ultimately related to John.

IVY (#49)

Once dismissed as poisonous, Ivy is now a white hot favorite. Credit goes to our love of nature names, that stylish middle V, and, of course, our affection for brief, 3 letter girl names.

JAN (unranked)

The middle Brady Bunch sister was Jan, but longer names like Janet and Janice were more popular. Once again, they’re all possible feminine forms of John, this time via the English Jane.

JOY (#407)

Frills-free and upbeat, Joy caught parents’ attention thanks to 2015’s Inside Out. The character was voiced by mini-named actress Amy Poehler

KAI (#770)

Fifty years ago, no one in the US answered to Kai – male or female. Now the Hawaiian name meaning sea has become established for boys, and is gaining for girls, too.

KAT (unranked; Katherine #158)

A go-to nickname name for Katherine, Kat has potential as a mini name that blends retro style with a very twenty-first century interest in word names.

KAY (unranked)

If Kai is trending, Kay is languishing in style limbo. Still, Kay can claim a Scandinavian origin or a German one; in both cases, it’s short for forms of Katherine.

KIA (unranked)

We tend to think of the car brand, which hails from South Korea. The corporation dervied the name from characters meaning “rising from Asia.” But Kia fits right in with popular feminine favorites, like Kaia and Mia.

KIT (unranked)

Kat’s cousin.

KIM (unranked; Kimberly #220)

Sometimes masculine, sometimes a surname, and sometimes short for Kimberly, the last of which lands it on this list of 3 letter girl names.

KYA (unranked)

Delia Owens’ controversial bestseller-turned movie  I Know Where the Crawdads Sing is the story of a young girl named Kya.

LEA (#758; Leah #46)

Several languages drop the ‘h’ in Lea, including French. Glee alum turned Broadway star Lea Michele makes this spelling more familiar.

LEE (unranked)

Long used as a unisex name in the US, Lee can be a surname or part of longer names, from Lee Anne to so many -lee ending favorites. The non-mini spelling Leigh is more common for girls in now, but both are quite rare.

LIA (#307)

Lia can be short for any of the many names ending in -lia. It’s also the preferred spelling in some languages, like Italian. And, of course, it’s a mini name that picks up on our love of Mia.

LIL (unranked; Lily #31)

We sometimes shorten little to “lil,” but it’s also a Lily/Lillian nickname. Think of the Rugrats’ Lil DeVille, twin to Phil, or Mae West’s Broadway play “Diamond Lil.”

LIN and LYN (unranked)

Lynn and Lynne are more familiar spellings, but these work, too. The Lin spelling is often Chinese in origin.

LIV (#686)

While it might be short for Olivia and friends, Liv also has independent Old Norse roots. It mirrors a modern Scandinavian word meaning life, just like fellow mini name Zoe.

LOU (unranked; Louise #643; Louisa #688)

We love a good Lou name. Luna is wildly popular. Classics like Louisa and Louise have risen in use in the US in recent years. But just Lou remains rare, as do alternate spellings, like Lue.

LUX (unranked)

Looking for a mini name with a Latin origin? Lux means light.

LUZ (unranked)

Luz is the equivalent of Lux, though with a Spanish origin instead. It’s often used as a compound name with Maria.

MAE, MAI, MAY (#505; Mai and May unranked)

Mae West takes gentle nature name May and makes it sparky and retro. Sometimes used as a short form of Mary and Margaret, Mae stands independently, too. Spell it Mai and it could be a name with a Japanese origin instead, and several meaning, including dance or genuine.

MEG (unranked; Margaret #125)

A mini name worn by the heroine of A Wrinkle in Time, Meg is typically short for Margaret – or related names like Megan. They’re all still connected to Margaret, meaning pearl.

MIA (#8)

Mini Mia succeeds with speakers of English and Spanish – a reason this little name has had big impact. Rewind to 1963, and Mia was nearly unknown. Then young actress Mia – born Maria de Lourdes – Farrow – starred as Allison MacKenzie on Peyton Place. The show was a major sensation, and Farrow’s first name caught on quickly.

MYA (#271)

Mya might sound like Mia or Maya. The singer who made it popular favors the latter pronunciation.

NIA (#582)

Nia means purpose in Swahili. It’s one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, making it a festive seasonal name, too.

NOA (#330)

It looks like another case of borrowing from the boys. But Noa appears in the Bible as a feminine name, too – with separate roots.

NYA (unranked)

In Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Nya is sister to Kai.

NYX (unranked)

The Greek goddess of the night, Nyx is rare as a given name, but wearable.

ORA (unranked)

A Hebrew name meaning light, and the surname of pop singer Rita Ora, too. The singer is Albanian; her surname means time.

PAX (unranked)

The Roman goddess of peace, though Pax is slightly more common for boys now.

PAZ (unranked)

The Spanish word for peace, again often used in combination with Maria.

PIA (unranked)

A feminine form of Pio or Pius, Pia means dutiful.

PRU (unranked)

Also spelled Prue, this mini name is short for Prudence.

RAE (unranked)

A ray of sunshine. A Rachel nickname. A feminine form of Raymond and company. There are many reasons to embrace this brief, brisk name for a daughter.

REN (unranked; Wren #251)

We’ve fallen for bird name Wren, but dropping the W works, too – and potentially makes Ren Japanese instead.

REY (unranked)

A spelling of Rae borrowed from two things – first, it’s the Spanish word for king. (Queen is reina.) It’s also the heroine at the center of the most recent Star Wars movie trilogy.

RIA (unranked)

Ria looks like a slimmed-down spelling of Greek goddess name Rhea, though it might also be short for names ending with this soun.

RUE (unranked)

Like Rosemary, Rue is an herb, which makes this a nature name. It’s also another word for regret. But the name’s recent use in The Hunger Games and Euphoria make it more familiar as a given name option. (Though the latter’s full name is Ruby.)

SAM (unranked; Samantha #105)

Most Sams are probably Samuel if they’re boys, and Samantha if they’re girls. But just Sam is very much an option, too.

SIA (unranked)

Australian singer Sia put her unusual name on the list of options.

SKY (#717; Skye #429)

There’s Skylar/Skyler and Skyla, too, but just Sky is the miniest of them all – though spelling Skye has long been more popular.

SOL (unranked)

The Spanish word for sun, though it’s also a masculine name short for Solomon.

SUE (unranked)

Susan’s days near the top of the charts are over, but Sue remains a brief and complete option.

TAL (unranked)

A unisex Hebrew name, Tal means dew.

TEA (unranked)

Actress Tea Leoni also uses a diacritical mark to emphasize that her name is pronounced with two syllables, not just “tee.”

TIA (unranked)

Celebrities like Tia Mowry and Tia Carrere – born Althea – boosted the name in the 1980s and 90s. It solves Tea’s problem of pronunciation, but it’s also the Spanish word for aunt.

TRU (unranked)

Just like Blu, Tru requires no E to be a name possibility.

ULA (unranked)

A mini name usually related to Ursula.

UMA (unranked)

As in the radiant Uma Thurman, whose name came from a Hindu goddess thanks to her father, a professor of Buddhist studies.

UNA (unranked)

Either from the Latin for “one” or an Irish import meaning lamb, Una is one of many spectcular names used by Edmund Spenser in his epic poem The Faerie Queene.

VAL (unranked; Valerie #153)

A unisex possibility, Val is short for a long list of names that come from the Latin valere – to be strong.

ZIA (unranked)

Zoe meets Mia.

ZOE (#42)

Zoey-with-a-y outranks 3 letter Zoe now. But either way, this mini name has an appealing meaning: life.

What are your favorite 3 letter girl names?

First published on October 19, 2016, this post was revised and updated on October 27, 2022.

125 Stunning Short Girl Names

Are you looking for the perfect appellation for your daughter that makes a real statement? Consider short girl names that get right to the point and pack a punch. These baby names are generally around five letters or less and most contain only one syllable. You will be shocked at the impact short girl names have as they manage to make a real impression by sounding delightfully blunt.

Short names are effortlessly cool and float on a breeze of fresh air. Further, the most popular names for girls like Olivia, Isabella, and Evelyn all have many syllables which often prompts parents to choose shortened forms of the names or nicknames. With short names for girls, you can skip that step because the appellations are already concise and easy to use. Now, let’s discover some charming baby names!

Classic Short Girl Names

These concise names for girls will never, ever go out of style. They’re classic for a reason as they remain in families for generations and are returned to again and again.

  • Claire – A name of French origin, meaning “clear”
  • Dawn – An English name, meaning “morning light”
  • Joy – An English word name, meaning “happiness”
  • Anne – French form of a Hebrew name, meaning “grace”
  • Bea – A diminutive form of a name from Latin, meaning “bringer of happiness”

Even More Classics to Fall in Love With

Here are more short girl names that have historically remained popular in the US. They’re not going anywhere anytime soon!

  • Blair – A name of Scottish origin, meaning “from the plain”
  • Jane – An English name, meaning “God is gracious”
  • Grace – An English virtue name, meaning “God’s grace”
  • Hope – Another English virtue name, meaning “optimism”
  • Liv – A Norse name, meaning “life”

More Popular Short Girl Names to Consider

The following short girl names are some of the most popular names in the United States today. Your daughter will be in good company with any of them!

  • Kate – A diminutive form of Kathryn, meaning “pure”
  • Paige – An English occupational name, meaning “page boy”
  • Rose – A name from Latin, meaning “rose” or “a flower”
  • Shea – A storied Irish name, meaning “dauntless one”
  • Pearl – A Latin gem name that means exactly what you think it does

New Short Girl Names That Sound Fresh

Perhaps you’re a parent who likes to think outside the box. You’re in luck because there are a ton of short girl names that are unique and have yet to find their way on a ton of birth certificates. Check out these offbeat options!

  • Blue – An English color name
  • Dream – One dreamy appellation
  • Bliss – An English word name, meaning “happiness”
  • Peace – A virtue name, meaning “peace”
  • Gray – An English surname and color name

Trendy Short Girl Names to Discover

Here are some trendy short girl names that defy convention and, in so doing, have lodged themselves into new parents’ hearts. These names are on the rise but are hardly popular.

  • Scout – A word name taken from literature (To Kill a Mockingbird), meaning “one who listens”
  • Rogue – A new possibility, meaning “villain”
  • Star – An English word name with a lot of symbolic resonance
  • Teal – An English word referring to the color
  • Skye – An evocative Scottish place name

Short Girl Names from the Bible

There are plenty of short girl names from the bible that religious parents can consider. These appellations are also commonplace that they might even feel secular for parents who are not religiously inclined.

  • Beth – A diminutive form of Elizabeth, from Hebrew, meaning “pledged to God”
  • Tal – A Hebrew name, meaning “dew of God”
  • Eve – A name of Hebrew origin, meaning “life”
  • Noa – A Hebrew name for girls that means “motion”
  • Ruth – A name from Hebrew, meaning “compassionate friend”

Vintage Short Girl Names That Deserve Some Love

Many short girl names have fallen through the cracks over the years and have suffered from underuse. Let’s take a look at once-popular appellations that deserve a comeback!

  • Merle – A French name, meaning “blackbird”
  • Dee – A diminutive form of Diana, meaning “divine”
  • Bess – A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”
  • Dot – A diminutive form of Dorothy, meaning “God’s gift”
  • Jeanne – A French variation of Jean, meaning “God is gracious”

Other Retro Short Girl Names to Bring Back

The following short girl names have a retro sound to new parents’ ears today. These treasures just need to be dusted off and put to good use for your daughter!

  • Jan – A feminine form of John, meaning “God is gracious”
  • Blythe – From English, meaning “carefree”
  • Dale – An early unisex name inspired by nature, Dale has unfortunately been neglected for girls, meaning “valley”
  • Jill – A diminutive form of Juliana, meaning “youthful”
  • Mel – From Greek, meaning “smooth” or “dark”

Boy Names That Sound Better On Girls

Some names that have historically gone to boys over girls deserve a makeover as appellations for girls. Some pioneering parents have already adopted “boy names” for their daughters to great success. Let’s take a look at some great options!

  • Blake – A name from English meaning “dark” and “fair”
  • Chance – A French name, meaning “chief”
  • Shane – A name from Hebrew, meaning “God is gracious”
  • Beck – A short form of Rebecca or an English name, meaning “from the small stream”
  • Jude – A gender-neutral name that has gone to boys more often, Jude means “praised”

Nature-Inspired Short Girl Names

Turn to the great outdoors for baby name inspiration. There are so many established short girl names in this class as well as some new possibilities that parents are just now turning to for the first time.

  • Dove – An animal name, meaning “a bird”
  • Bay – A body of water or a Latin word, meaning “berry”
  • March – A great month name, perfect for fans of Little Women
  • Sage – A name of Latin origin, meaning “wise”
  • Ash – An English name, meaning “from the ash trees”
  • Birch – An English habitational name, meaning “from the birch trees”
  • Brooke – Another English habitational name, meaning “from the brook”

More Short Girl Names from Nature

Here are even more names from nature that we like to call “econames.” Nature names are bigger than ever before so it’s a smart place to look for short girl names with style.

  • Fleur – A French name and the word for “flower”
  • Fox – An English name and animal, meaning “fox”
  • Jade – A precious stone name, Jade comes from Spanish and means “stone of the side”
  • Shore – Another word name, perfect for a beach baby
  • Sky – A different name entirely than Skye, Sky is a word name
  • June – A name from Latin, from Juno, meaning “month of June”
  • Lake – A natural word name that means exactly what you think

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Econames

For your consideration, even more, short girl names inspired by our beautiful planet.

  • Rain – Another word name
  • Lynx – An animal name, meaning “a cat”
  • Noon – A time of day, perfect for a baby born midday
  • Park – An English and French occupational name for a “park keeper”
  • Clove – A spice name that seems ready to heat up
  • Shell – A nature name, meaning “a seashell”

Short Girl Names from Around the World

So many of the names that are popular today come from English, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin but there are so many forms of names found in other languages and unique appellations originating in them as well. Let’s take a look at several that new parents are discovering today.

  • Paz – A Spanish or Hebrew name, meaning “peace” or “gold”
  • Tai – A name from Chinese, that can mean “great extreme”
  • Zen – A Japanese word and form of Buddhism
  • Ume – A Japanese name, meaning “plum-blossom child” and “patient”
  • Sloane – An Irish name, meaning “raider”

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More Short Girl Names from a Variety of Origins

Let’s look at even more short girl names that might be new to you. These names sound novel to many Americans but they are commonplace where the languages are spoken.

  • Rez – A Hungarian name, meaning “copper hair”
  • Noor – From Arabic, meaning “light”
  • Gul – A Turkish or Persian name, meaning “rose”
  • Heer – From Arabic, meaning “diamond”
  • Neve – A Spanish name and word, meaning “snow”

More Short Girls Names to Fall In Love With

Here are even more names from around the world that are sure to catch your ear!

  • Eshe – A name from Swahili, meaning “life”
  • Eyre – A name from Norse origin, meaning “gravel riverbank”
  • Bo – A Norse nickname-name, meaning “to live”
  • Pip – A diminutive form of Philipa, from Greek, meaning “lover of horses”
  • Britt– A Swedish form of Birgit, meaning “high priestess”

Short Girl Names from Mythology

Mythology has informed how societies understand the world. These names contain a sense of magic and possibility. Let’s take a look at some that fall into the short girl names category.

  • Maeve – An Irish queen of the fairies, meaning “she who intoxicates”
  • Nyx – A name from Greek mythology, a goddess of night, meaning “night”
  • Fee – A diminutive form of Fiona with a curious meaning, “fairy”
  • Fay – From Old English, meaning “fairy”
  • Neve – From Irish Gaelic, an Anglicized form of Niamh, referring to Niamh of the Golden Hair, meaning “bright”

Grandma Names Ready for a Reboot

Similar to vintage names, “grandma names” or “old lady names” are names that sound dated and haven’t been widely used for many decades.

  • Blanche – A name from French, meaning “white”
  • Faine – A forgotten English name, meaning “joyful”
  • Bette – A diminutive form of Elizabeth, from Hebrew, meaning “pledged to God”
  • Maud – A diminutive form of Matilda, meaning “battle-ready”
  • Sue – Sue is a diminutive form of Susan, from Hebrew, meaning “lily”

Rare Short Girl Names

These names are rare names that can fit in multiple categories but we wanted to present together in the event that you want unique short girl names for your daughter.

  • Chan – A Cambodian name, meaning “sweetly perfumed tree”
  • Moon – An English word name that means exactly what you think it does
  • Neith – An Egyptian name, meaning “divine mother”
  • Raine – A name from French, meaning “queen”
  • Ree – A Hebrew name, meaning “servant of God”

More Rare Names to Consider

Those rare short girl names were fun, right? Here are even more that you might have missed that truly impress.

  • Spence – An English and French occupational name, meaning “steward”
  • Triste – A name with Latin roots that means “sorrowful” or “noise”
  • Wynn – More popular as a surname today, Wynn is of Welsh origin, meaning “pure”
  • Xin – A Chinese name that can mean “elegant” and “beautiful”
  • Yule – From English, meaning “winter solstice”

Short Names for Girls That Start with V

We find more requests for baby names that start with a certain letter often. Names that start with V account for many of these as many people likely want options for the initial.

  • Verve – An English name from French, meaning “vigor”
  • Vi – A name of Latin origin, meaning “purple”
  • Virge – A name of Latin origin, meaning “virgin”
  • Vera – A Slavic name that means “faith”
  • Viv – Another name of Latin origin, meaning “life”

Famous Short Girl Names

Some celebrities have made their short girl names as part of their image. Most of these women chose these monikers to stand out from the rest. Take a look at these winners!

  • Cher – A name of French of origin, popularized by Cherilyn Sarkisian, meaning “beloved”
  • Drew – A name from Greek, meaning “manly,” famously used by Drew Barrymore
  • Mae – A name that immediately conjures the image of the glamorous Mae West, who took the name over her birth name Mary Jane
  • Reese – A Welsh name that means “ardor,” made popular today by Reese Witherspoon
  • Meryl – The only Meryl that many of us know, Meryl Streep shines with this name from Irish Gaelic that means “sea bright.

Playful Short Girl Names

Are you looking for the most exciting short girl names? These appellations are full of life and energy!

  • Bex – More modern than Bess and more playful than Liz, Bex feels like the perfect short girl name! The appellation is a diminutive form of Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”
  • Jazz – An American name, meaning “music”
  • Kat – A purrfect name, a diminutive form of Kathryn, meaning “pure”
  • Lou – A delightfully masculine unisex name that sounds great for girls, meaning “famed warrior”
  • Jinx – An English word name that’s as playful as they get

More Short Girl Names With Energy

Here are more playful names that are perfect for your daughter!

  • Rive – A name from Hebrew, meaning “maiden”
  • Joss – A name of German and English origin, meaning “kinswoman”
  • Keats – An English surname-name, meaning “kite”
  • Prim – An English name, meaning “first” like Primrose
  • Yaz – A Turkish name meaning “bliss”

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Our Favorite Short Girl Names

We end this list with the least subjective category in our favorite short girl names. These are names that shine a little brighter than the rest for us. We hope that you agree!

  • Max – A diminutive form of Maxine, meaning “greatest”
  • Jules – A unisex name, from French by way of Latin, meaning “youthful”
  • Teague – A Scottish name, meaning “bard” and “poet”
  • Cloud – A light breezy word name for nature lovers and dreamers
  • Khole – NOT to be confused with the silly spelling of Chloe that Khloe Kardashian uses, Khole is a different name that comes from Old English as a female form of Nicholas, meaning “people of victory”

There you go! See how these short girl names don’t want for charm or character? They are so evocative and will serve your daughter well. If you want a name that gets right to the point without a lot of fluff, these short girl names really must be at the top of your baby name shortlist. Happy baby name hunting!

Andrew Kreeger

Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.


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    • 1.1 Classic Short Girl Names
    • 1.2 Even More Classics to Fall in Love With
    • 1.3 More Popular Short Girl Names to Consider
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A well-chosen name can make a woman’s life easy and happy. For this, it is not necessary to choose something exotic. Even if it seems that the name is too short and not so common, this does not mean that it cannot bring good luck and joy to the girl.


The name Zoya has ancient Greek roots and is translated as «life». The short name endows its mistress with an amazing mind that helps Zoya find a way out of any difficult situations, think through her actions a few steps ahead and achieve even the most difficult goals. In addition, Zoya has strong empathy, which helps her understand the feelings of others.

Endowed with the ability to see only positive aspects in life and people, Zoya will not lose heart in difficult situations. This also applies to relationships with a partner. Therefore, even next to the most intractable man, Zoya can arrange a happy life together without stupid quarrels and scandals.


Despite the fact that this Hebrew name is translated as “giving life” and people associate with a meek and gentle person, all this is not about Eve. If you want to raise a perky, cheerful and lively girl, call her Eve, since all these qualities are inherent in her.

A girl with this name is distinguished by a wild imagination and an inexhaustible supply of strength, which helps her achieve what she wants. Also, Eve will never end up with gentlemen, each of whom can become an enviable groom. But the girl is in no hurry to choose her betrothed, looking out for the most suitable among all the applicants, and never loses.


The Hebrew name Ada is translated as “decoration”, but this meaning should not be taken literally. Although girls named Ada most often have a spectacular appearance, their main beauty is inside.

Ada is an explorer who is ready to dive deep into her favorite topic. Therefore, women with the name Ada study well at school and university, and then they are distinguished by special merits and achievements in their chosen profession.

Ada has a special relationship with men. She does not like idle chatter, preferring action to her. Ada has many male friends, among whom she most often finds her chosen one. In relations with relatives, Ada is always attentive and caring, for which close people especially appreciate her.


Elya is a shortened version of the name Eleanor. There are two versions of the origin of this name. Some believe that Eleanor comes from the name of the ancient Greek deity Eleos, a symbol of mercy. According to another version, Eleanor is a Hebrew name, which literally translates as «God is my light.»

In any case, the girl named Elya will grow up active, inquisitive and cheerful. Endless positive helps her achieve what she wants and overcome any difficulties. In addition, Elya always and in everything turns out to be lucky.


The Hebrew name Yana means «new life». The girls, named Yana, are distinguished by their obstinate and lively character, which helps them make their way through life and get what they want. In addition, without exception, Yana, no matter what appearance they have, grows into bright and spectacular women who attract the attention of others.


From Hebrew Aza is translated as “strong”, which fully reflects the character of the girls named by this name. Perseverance and hard work are the main positive features of Aza. This girl knows how to achieve what she wants and does not give up if something in life does not go according to plan. A positive attitude and friendliness towards others help Aza easily find new acquaintances and at the same time maintain old contacts.


In Hebrew, Leah means “graceful”. A girl named by this name will always be lucky. Leah’s work and personal life is always in order. Even if she quits or breaks up with her partner, it always brings positive changes in her life. In addition, Leah has an easy character that helps her make new friends and acquaintances. In the family circle, Leah is appreciated for her sincerity and good nature.


The Arabic name Faya is translated as “generous”, which is a complete reflection of the nature of its owners. Faya is ready to share everything she has: time, emotions and material wealth. But her generosity is available only to close people, whom she chooses very carefully, parting without regrets with those who are ready to take advantage of her kindness for selfish purposes. The attention of this obstinate beauty is not so easy to earn, so Faya gets married rather late. But late marriage in this case is just the girl’s desire to make sure of the sincerity of the feelings of the chosen one.


Taya is an abbreviated version of the name Taisiya. So in ancient Greece they called the girls who served in the temples of Isis, so the name Taisia ​​literally translates as «dedicated to Isis. » The goddess Isis was considered the mother of all things and the main symbol of femininity, so the name Taya given to the girl will make her life bright and happy.

Taya is waiting for adventures and many bright events. Her life simply cannot be different, because the gray everyday life, filled with boring things, is not for her. Tayu is always drawn to where it is difficult, where you can test yourself. She chooses a partner in accordance with her interests in order to lead an active lifestyle with him.


Asya is an abbreviation for the beautiful Arabic name Asiya, which translates as “healing”. Best of all, Asya heals herself, so she is not afraid of any life hardships. Many people think that Asya is lucky, but in fact her ability to rejoice even on the gloomiest day attracts the same positive people and pleasant events to her. Asya is often a bright personality with a rich inner world that a girl cannot hide inside herself. Because of this, many consider her an eccentric, but for Asya this is not important, since she is always confident in herself and her abilities.

When choosing a name for a child, do not follow the advice of relatives or horoscopes. Only parents know exactly how to name their baby. By listening to their own intuition, mom and dad can choose the most suitable name for their daughter.

  • Author: Katya