Classic One-Syllable Names for Baby Girls That Feel Current

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Choosing a unique and meaningful name for your child can be a difficult task. Using specific criteria, such as choosing a one-syllable name to compliment a long last name or middle name, is a clever way to pare down the endless list of possibilities. Single-syllable names also tend to come across as strong and decisive, a trait parents often hope to instill in their children. An added benefit is that there's less risk that the name will devolve into a nickname.

Short and Sweet: Single Syllable Names for Girls

If you're in the market for a one-syllable girl name, the following list features the names that are classic yet contemporary, with beautiful meanings associated with them:

Blue 

Long before Beyonce and Jay-Z named their daughter Blue Ivy, the name Blue has been used as a middle name because the color is often associated with the positivity of blue skies, and symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, and confidence.

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 that is Irish in origin and evokes pleasant thoughts of nature (its most common meaning is "a small stream").

Brynn 

Although this name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, Brynn is derived from the Welsh name, Bryn, which means "hill."

Claire

This classic name, which has analogs in French, English, and Italian, has seen a recent revival in popularity. 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." The classic simplicity of this name makes it a great alternative to modern renditions such as Ava and Eva.

Faith

One of the most successful country artists of all time, Faith Hill, brought this virtue name back into the spotlight in the mid-1990s. Faith means "complete trust or confidence in someone or something" and 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 the simple meaning of "elegance or refinement of movement" and is a virtue or excellence of divine origin in Christianity.

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.

Joy 

Meaning "great pleasure and happiness", Joy is also a virtue name that sounds fresh and full of optimistic hope.

June

This easy, breezy name conjures warm visions of walking in the grass 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.

Kai

This unique, worldly, girl's name has many different origins with many appealing meanings.

In Estonian, Kai is a female name meaning "pier". In Hawaiian, the word means "sea", and in Japanese, it can mean "ocean", "shell", "restoration", and "recovery". In the Frisian language, spoken by Frisian people who live on the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany, Kai is short for "Kaimbe", meaning "warrior."

Kate

This name has many famous namesakes, most of whom are named Catherine (as in the Duchess of York) or Katherine (or in Hepburn's case, Katharine) and use Kate for short. The Latin meaning of the name is "pure" or "clear" and the name Kate is often given on its own for a less fussy take on the long version.

Lane 

Variations in the spelling of this name can be found in Laine and even Layne. This name comes from the English meaning "long meadow path or roadway" and is less conventional than Jane.

Lark 

This name is an appealing option that brings to mind sunshine and warm spring days spent outside (as in "happy as a lark" ). The name also describes merriment when used in such expressions "on a lark" for a whim or fancy.

Love 

Often used as middle names or stage names, this single-syllable name evokes nothing but feelings of love and sweetness.

Mae

This vintage name for a girl means "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.

Noor

Meaning "the light" in Arabic, this name is often associated with royalty as American-born Queen Noor of Jordan bears this elegant name and the Koh-i-Noor or "Mountain of Light" is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world in the British Crown.

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 simple sophistication, no matter the decade. Meaning "young helper," or "attendant" this name is French in origin.

Quinn

Quinn is a popular last name that has enjoyed a bit of a bump as a first name for girls. The name is derived from the last name Conn, which means wisdom, reason, or intelligence is a fine choice for parents seeking a bit of Irish charm for their daughter's name.

Rain

Meaning "abundant blessings from above", Rain is a great nature-inspired name that sounds gentle and strong at the same time.

Reese

This name 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. A Welsh name that means "ardent" or "fiery," it is still not among the most common of names, ranking outside the top 100, which makes it a good pick for parents seeking an easy-to-say, recognizable name that is still unique.

Rose

Besides being a common middle name for celebrities who have chosen it for their own bundles of joy (including Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, and Eric Clapton), Rose has gotten some screen time in movies such as Titanic and Harry Potter as a first name. Regarded as an emblem of beauty, delicacy, or purity, the Rose makes a lovely floral choice.

Sage

Meaning "wise" or "learned one," this name is also associated with the healing and cleansing properties of the fragrant herb and plant. In Vampire Diaries, the character Sage is a beautiful vampire with super strength and speed.

True

The birth of Khloe Kardashian's daughter, True Thompson, has catapulted this virtue name into the spotlight. True is an English baby name meaning "genuine, loyal, honest" and has been around for a long time. In fact, Khloe's great Grandfather’s name on her mom' side was True Otis Houghton and her biological grandfather's name was Robert True Houghton.

Wren

A wren is a lilting songbird that is regarded as the "magician of the birds" in Ireland and a bird of prophecy by the Druids. Thanks to Wren Kingston, a character from the TV Series Pretty Little Liars, this name has gained new popularity as a unique girl's name.

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