Classic and Modern One-Syllable Names for Baby Girls

13 Options to Inspire You

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Naming a baby can be one of the most fraught decisions of new parenthood. Unless there's clearly a go-to family name or some other obvious choice in the wings, most expectant parents have to come up with some sort of criteria in order to pare down the endless list of possibilities.

When it comes to children of both sexes, there can be sound reasons to favor single-syllable first names. For one thing, because they're already short and sweet there's less risk that they'll devolve into a nickname (although it can be tempting to add a "y" or "ie" to the end of a baby's name—as in "Lukey" or "Annie").

One-syllable names tend to come across as strong and decisive too—a trait parents often hope to instill in their daughters. And finally, a simpler first name almost always complements a complicated last name better than one that's a mouthful.

If you're in the market for single-syllable girls name, here's a baker's dozen to inspire you, including some that are contemporary favorites and some that have classic style.

Brooke

The hottest name of the 1980s, thanks to supermodel and actress Brooke Shields, this name has been overtaken by the two-syllable Brooklyn on the popularity charts. Still, Brooke is a cool-sounding name with a little edge that might suit parents considering a more retro moniker for their daughter.

Claire

This classic name, which has analogs in French, English, and Italian has seen a recent revival in popularity. And Claire's meaning, "clear, bright," has a certain appeal.

Eve

This elegant name is, literally, the oldest in the book (if we're talking about the Bible, that is). Eve is Hebrew in origin, and means "life." Nameberry says it's coming back into style after being sidelined by modern renditions such as Ava and Eva thanks to its classic simplicity.

Faith

Have a little Faith in this classic Biblical name that has millennial cred thanks in part to the dark slayer character from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Faith has remained a low-key favorite among parents seeking names with deeper meaning.

Grace

This very old name has recently seen a resurgence on the top baby names charts, thanks in part to celebrity parents choosing it for their daughters. The name gets extra points for having a simple, straightforward meaning: "virtue."

Hope

What better sentiment to bestow on a new daughter than Hope? This name has remained low-key in its popularity but has never totally left the public eye. Like Grace and Faith, Hope is a Biblical name that has taken on new relevance in the modern era.

June

This easy, breezy name conjures visions of walking on the beach on a sunny day. It's also the name of the strong lead character played by Elizabeth Moss in the hit dystopian TV serious "The Handmaid's Tale"—perfect for a sweet girl with plenty of smarts.

Kate

This name has many famous namesakes, most of whom are named Catherine (as in the Princess of Wales) or Katherine (or in Hepburn's case, Katharine) and use Kate for short. If you want to cut to the chase and avoid the risk of your Katherine being nicknamed Kathy, then Kate might be the way to go. (Do be prepared to wind up with a Katie if you aren't careful.)

Mae

According to the popular baby-name website nameberry.com, Mae (or May) is regarded as a vintage name for a girl. It means "bitter" or "pearl." Since it's often relegated to being a middle name, using it as a first name is a lovely way to go if you're aiming for unique without being strange.

Paige

Popular in the 1970s and 1980s, Paige still pops up every so often as a name on TV shows. Like Brooke, Paige is one of those names that exudes sophistication, no matter what the decade.

Quinn

Quinn is a last name that has enjoyed a bit of a bump as a first name for girls. Among the most popular girls' names in the 1980s and 1990s, Quinn is a fine choice for parents seeking a bit of Irish charm for their wee daughter's name.

Reese

This used to be primarily a last name or a boy's name, but thanks to Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon, this name is making a small comeback. It's still not among the most common of names, ranking outside the top 100, so it could be a good pick for parents seeking something outside the box.

Rose

According to nameberry.com, this floral name was ranked 141 among names for baby girls in 2017—and no wonder: Besides being a common middle name for celebrities who have chosen it for their own pink bundles of joy (including Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, and Eric Clapton), Rose has sprung up on the screen in movies such as Titanic and Harry Potter.

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