Classic and Modern One-Syllable Names for Baby Girls

These Short and Sweet Names Have Classic Meanings

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Many parents choose short, one-syllable names for their babies, but there are a variety of reasons why. Some like a name that's nickname-proof, so they opt for the name Kate over Katherine or Beth over Elizabeth. Other parents prefer one-syllable names because they're short and sweet, but usually sound strong and decisive. And often a short first name matches better with a long surname.

We put together a list of top one-syllable names for baby girls, which includes some that are contemporary favorites, and some that have classic style.


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. It's simple, straightforward meaning: "virtue" is a lovely sentiment for parents choosing a name for their baby.


This classic name, which has analogs in French, English, and Italian also has seen a recent revival in popularity. And like Grace, Claire's meaning: "clear, bright" will certainly appeal to parents.


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. She's remained a low-key favorite among parents seeking names with deeper meaning.


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


Another name that was 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 decade she's in.


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.


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.


Another last name that enjoyed a bit of a bump 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.


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 her sisters Grace and Faith, Hope is a Biblical name that's taken on new meaning in the modern era.


Although it sounds a little old-fashioned, Rose is still a sweet, pretty name that offers a classic feeling for a new baby, whether wild, Irish or otherwise.