There is major appeal in a short and sweet name. Easy to remember, easy to pronounce, easy to spell when your little one is learning to write ... the list goes on and on.
Keeping things short and sweet
Unless you’re of Italian or Spanish origin, you’re probably not going to be naming your kid Feliciano, Anasofia, Emiliano or Evangelina. Long names are a mouthful!
However, a number of the most popular names in America are four syllables or more, including Isabella, Alexander, Elizabeth and Nathaniel. Can you imagine listing off those names at the playground when you need to locate your kids?
There is major appeal in a short and sweet name. Easy to remember, easy to pronounce, easy to spell when your little one is learning to write...the list goes on and on. So, genealogy site MooseRoots decided to find the most popular short and sweet baby names in America.
Using data from the Social Security Administration, MooseRoots found the most popular names in America for boys and girls born in 2014. Here’s a list of the most popular ones that are just one syllable long.
Most of these names are classically popular, while a few of them are more recently trendy. If you want a simple, short and sweet name, look no further:
Rank in 2014: 154th
Joel is a biblical name, translating to mean ‘God’ in Hebrew. In 2014, this short and sweet name was given to 2,641 newborn baby boys, making it the 154th most popular name for boys in the U.S.
Rank in 2014: 322nd
This name originated as a female form of John, but has grown to be so much more. The name was hugely popular in the 17th century as an element in name combinations (such as Sarah-Jane) but was also used in the 1400s. A 19th century influence on the name comes from the main character in Charlotte Brontë's novel “Jane Eyre” (1847).
Rank in 2014: 134th
George is an old French and Latin name, derived from Greek Georgios meaning ‘farmer’ and ‘earth.’ Don’t worry though—George isn’t a dead name just because of its traditional use in royal families. It ranked 134th in 2014. Plus, the name allows for an adorable nickname: Georgie.
Rank in 2014: 317th
The name June was coined in the early 20th century when other names for months of the year were made popular (think April, May, Summer etc.) The name is trending way up in the U.S., but has also made the top 200 list in Belgium and Spain.
Rank in 2014: 131st
Bryce is a transferred use of the Scottish surname Brice. The name might be derived from a Gaulish word meaning ‘speckled,’ so if your little guy has freckles, this could be the short and sweet name for him.
Rank in 2014: 315th
Ruth is a biblical name of uncertain origin. The name was commonly used among the Puritans in England in the 16th century because of its association with the word ruth meaning ‘compassion.’ Short, sweet and compassionate!
Rank in 2014: 116th
Cole is yet another transferred use of a surname; in this case dating back to the old English Cola meaning ‘swarthy’ or ‘coal-black.’ The name is quite popular in the U.S., and has also made the top 200 lists in England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and Northern Ireland.
Rank in 2014: 261st
The name Brynn is of Welsh origin, and is now used predominantly as a girl’s name in the U.S. It’s trending up, so grab the name before there are five other Brynns in your daughter’s class!
Rank in 2014: 112th
Max is a classic. Historically, Max has often been short for Maximilian or Maxwell, but today, parents are making the nickname the full name. The name is trending way up in the U.S., and is also popular in Europe.
Rank in 2014: 231st
The name Hope was created by the Puritans, and comes from the vocabulary word (Old English hopa) denoting the Christian quality of expectation in the resurrection and in eternal life.
You don’t need to be religious to love this name, though: the name has made top 200 lists in the U.S., England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and Northern Ireland.
Rank in 2014: 108th
This name is thought to be a greatly altered pet form of Michael, and associated with the Latin word Miles meaning ‘soldier.’ The name is also associated with Slavic mil meaning “grace” and “favour.”
Rank in 2014: 207th
Kate is a short form of Katherine that has been popular since the Middle Ages. Popular in Shakespearean literature, and also repopularized by Princess Kate in the 21st century, this name is a true classic that would be beautiful for any little girl.
Rank in 2014: 98th
Juan is a Spanish form of John, and an incredibly popular name for boys in the U.S. The name has also held consistently high rank in Spain over the years. This name rolls off the tongue beautifully and doesn’t need a nickname!
Rank in 2014: 194th
The name Rose comes from the vocabulary word for the flower (Latin rosa), and was used far earlier in history than any other name derived from flowers. It is of Germanic origin, but has been trending up in the U.S. for years. Hollywood’s most famous Rose is likely the female lead in “Titanic.”
Rank in 2014: 84th
Blake has two known etymologies: it is from Old English blæc ‘black’ and from Old English blāc ‘pale, white.’ It was originally a nickname given to someone who had either remarkably dark or light hair or skin. Although the definition can be a bit confusing, Blake still makes for a great name for a baby boy.
Rank in 2014: 165th
Reese is trending way up! The name is ranked No. 165 in the U.S., but is more popular in New Mexico than any other state. The name is also used for boys, but has trended significantly down in the last decade for male babies.
Rank in 2014: 78th
Chase is almost exclusively a North American name, but originated during the Middle Ages as a nickname for a hunter. It is now the 78th most popular name for baby boys in the U.S., and has remained popular for years.
Rank in 2014: 139th
Jade comes from the precious stone, a word that comes from Spanish (piedra de) ijada. Although the name is trending down in the U.S., it still remains a popular choice for baby girls: in 2014, the name was ranked No. 139.
Rank in 2014: 68th
The name Jace fits a recent American trend: baby boy names ending with “-ayce,” “-ace,” “-aiden,” or “-ayden” seem to be booming. Like Chase, Jace has taken off in the U.S.: It is trending way up and is now the 68th most popular name for American baby boys.
Rank in 2014: 137th
Brooke is also a transferred use of a surname, originally a local name for someone who lived near a brook or stream. No need to worry, though, you don’t have to live by a body of water to name your baby girl Brooke today. The name is popular outside the U.S. as well: It has made the top 200 list in Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand and more.
Rank in 2014: 51st
Charles comes from a German word, karl, meaning “free man.” Hopefully, your kid won’t go stomping around declaring his freedom at bedtime. In 2014, 7,269 baby boys were named Charles in the U.S., making it the 51st most popular name for boys.
Rank in 2014: 135th
Paige is the transferred use of the surname, which is a less common variant of Page. It began to grow in popularity as a girl’s name in the 20th century in the U.S., and is now trending slightly down. The name saw its highest popularity in America in 2003, when it was ranked No. 47. Today, your little Paige won’t be surrounded by three other Paiges in the classroom.
Rank in 2014: 41st
Jack began as a pet form of John, but is now a well-established name in its own right. The name is derived from Middle English Jankin, although that derivative is rarely heard today. Jack has been the most popular boy's name in England and Wales since 1995.
Rank in 2014: 126th
Quinn is one of the few names on this list that hasn’t been consistently popular in the U.S. for decades. A trendier option, Quinn is gaining dramatic momentum in the U.S., now ranked No. 126 for girls.
Rank in 2014: 28th
Luke is the Middle English vernacular form of Lucas, which is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning ‘man from Lucania.’ The name sharply rose in popularity due to the release of the first “Star Wars” film in 1977, in which the main character is named Luke Skywalker. What little boy doesn’t want to be named after a lightsaber-wielding hero?
Rank in 2014: 81st
The name Faith comes from the abstract noun meaning belief and trust in God. The noun became a name in the 16th century, and although it is trending slightly down in the U.S., over 3,664 babies were named Faith in 2014.
Rank in 2014: 26th
John might be the most classic short and sweet name ever. The name comes from the Latin Io(h)annes, and is the name of many characters in the Old Testament. The name has gained popularity in many countries abroad, making the top 200 list in Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
Rank in 2014: 44th
Claire is another form of the name Clara, and was introduced to Britain by the Normans. The name is trending up in the U.S., and also made the top 200 list in New Zealand in 2013.
Rank in 2014: 9th
In 2014, 14,301 newborn baby boys were named James, making it the 9th most popular name for boys in the U.S. The name also has biblical origins, and comes from the Latin form of Greek Iakobos. The name has been given to many royal sons, and is particularly associated with the Scottish house of Stewart. Fancy!
Rank in 2014: 21st
Grace is the most popular one-syllable girl’s name in America, ranked No. 21 in the nation. The name comes from the abstract Latin noun, gratia, and has always been quite popular in Scotland and northern England. Actress Grace Kelly (later, Princess Grace of Monaco) greatly popularized the name in the U.S.