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75 Short Girl Names That Pack a Punch

If you're looking for a short girl name to pair with a long last name, we've got a list of 75 names with powerful meanings and a variety of origins to inspire you.
75 Short Girl Names
Updated: December 21, 2022

There are certainly benefits to choosing a short girl name when considering baby girl names.  One option is to permanently use the short form of a  vintage name for girls to stay on-trend. For example, you may choose a short name that doubles as a nickname like turning Beatrice into Bea or Eleanor into Ella.  

You can pair unique short first names easily with short or long middle names without feeling overwhelmed.

We’ve created a name list with 75 short girl names that are unique and sure to pack a punch.  

Related: 75 Funny Girl Names for Your Little One

With powerful name meanings and a variety of origins, we think you’ll take inspiration from these sweet baby girl names.

Unique Short Names for Girls with Meanings 

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Unique Short Names for Girls with Meanings that Start with A to J

  1. Ada - This short girl name is a German name meaning “noble one”.
  2. Ally - This is a Greek name meaning noble, bright, or famous.
  3. Alma - A modern short girl name meaning nourished and kind.
  4. Ann - Hebrew for God has favored me.
  5. Ari - An Arabic girl name for “brings rain”.
  6. Ava - This name is Latin for “to live”.
  7. Bree - This short Irish girl's name means noble. 
  8. Dawn - This English name means daybreak, the start of a new day.
  9. Devi - This girl’s name means goddess and has origins in India. 
  10. Dora - This is a Greek name for girls meaning gift.
  11. Eden - This girl's name is Hebrew for Paradise.
  12. Ella - Hebrew name for Other Goddess, Ella is currently trending upwards on the popularity charts.
  13. Emma - A German name meaning whole or universal.
  14. Enid - This short girl’s name is Welsh for soul or life.
  15. Eva - This is Hebrew for Life.
  16. Evie - English for Life, Evie has quickly gained popularity and is a great trendy name for a little girl.
  17. Gia - This unique short girl name is Italian for God is Gracious.
  18. Hera - This baby girl name is Greek for Queen.
  19. Iris - This is Greek for a Rainbow or a beautiful flower.
  20. Isla - This is a Scottish name meaning Island, Isla has slowly gained popularity.
  21. Ivy - An English name based on the Ivy plant.
  22. Jade - An English name referring to the precious stone.
  23. Jia - A Chinese name meaning Family or Kin, a sweet name for a little one joining the family.
  24. Joy - A one-syllable girl name that is  Latin for happiness.

Unique Short Names for Girls with Meanings that Start with K to R

  1. Kate - An English name meaning Pure.
  2. Kodi - An American name meaning Helpful, Kodi has increased in popularity as a girl’s name.
  3. Kuri - A Japanese name meaning Chestnut.
  4. Lexi - This is Greek name meaning “defender of man”.
  5. Liv - This is a Scandinavian name meaning “defense” and has seen a steady increase in popularity recently.
  6. Lucy - An English name meaning “of the light”.
  7. Luna - This baby girl name is Latin for Moon and is steadily gaining traction on the popularity charts.
  8. Mary - Latin for “of the sea”, a lovely meaning for your sweet baby girl, especially if water is meaningful to your family.
  9. Mia - This three-letter girl name  is Scandinavian for Dear.
  10. Mila - This simple girl name is Slavic for Dear or Gracious and is steadily rising on the list of popular baby names.
  11. Mina - A German name meaning Love.
  12. Myla - Gaining popularity, Myla is a short and unique girl name that means soldier.short baby girl
  13. Nala - An African girl name that means “successful.”  Nala is steadily rising on the popularity charts.
  14. Nava - Hebrew for Lovely.
  15. Nika - A Greek name meaning Victory, Nika is currently rising in popularity.
  16. Noe - A Polonysian name that has recently gained popularity, Noe means Mist of Heaven.
  17. Nora - This Latin name means Honorable One.
  18. Nova - A Latin name gaining popularity, Nova means new.
  19. Olga - This Scandinavian name means Blessed or Holy.
  20. Pia - A Latin name that is gaining popularity, Pia means Pious or Reverent.
  21. Raya - An Israeli name for friend.
  22. Rio - A Spanish name meaning river.
  23. Risa - A Latin name meaning laughter, something we’re sure your little one will be filled with.
  24. Rosa - A Latin name meaning rose.
  25. Rumi - Japanese for beauty.
  26. Ruth - Hebrew name that means friend.

Unique Short Names for Girls with Meanings that Start with S to Z

  1. Shae - A Gaelic name meaning admirable.
  2. Sky - Referring to our large expansive sky, this short name has a big meaning.
  3. Sol - Spanish for the Sun.
  4. Sora - A Japanese name meaning Sky.
  5. Suki - A Japanese name meaning beloved.
  6. Suri - A Hebrew name meaning princess.
  7. Tess - This Greek name is a great way to shorten Teresa or Esther.
  8. Thea - A Greek name that means Gift of God.
  9. Tiva - A Native American name meaning dance.
  10. Tora - This Japanese name means tiger.
  11. Tori - A Japanese name meaning bird.
  12. Una - A Latin name meaning One, pretty as a one-syllable name.
  13. Ura - This Indian name means the heart.
  14. Vida - A Spanish name meaning Life.
  15. Viva - A Latin name meaning Alive, this is a great option if you’re looking for unique baby names.
  16. Xing - This Chinese name means Star, a unique choice if considering nature names.
  17. Xiu - This Chinese name means Elegant or Beautiful, a lovely meaning for a little girl.
  18. Yoko - A Japanese name meaning Good and Positive.
  19. Yori - This Japanese name means Reliable.
  20. Yuna - This Japanese name means Kindness.
  21. Zara - This is an English name that refers to a blooming flower.
  22. Ziv - A Hebrew name that means brilliance or light of God.
  23. Zoe - This Greek name means Life.
  24. Zofi - This Greek name means Wisdom.
  25. Zuma - This Arabic name means Peace, a wonderful meaning to pass on to your baby girl.

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