300 Popular Baby Names by Syllable Count

One thing to consider when choosing the right name for your child is the number of syllables in the name. A short first name can complement a longer last name, and vice versa. A one-syllable first name might come across as strong and decisive, with an added benefit that there's less risk the name will devolve into a nickname. A three-syllable name might be more distinguished as your child enters a profession. Plus, it may have a preferred nickname that you intend to use at home.

Meanwhile, a two-syllable name might be just perfect for tripping off the tongue as well as meeting the other needs. The most popular names in 2018 were the two-syllable Emma, Ava, Noah, and Liam. Three-syllable Sophia, Evelyn, Benjamin, Elijah, and Oliver were also in the top 10. When considering the name for your new arrival, be sure to test how it sounds out loud. You will be saying that name for a great many years to come.

top baby names by syllable count
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1-Syllable Girl Names

  • Anne
  • Bea
  • Bekke
  • Blaire
  • Blake
  • Blue
  • Bree
  • Brooke
  • Bryne
  • Claire
  • Eve
  • Faith
  • Fern
  • Greer
  • Hope
  • Jade
  • Jai
  • Joy
  • June
  • Kai
  • Kate
  • Lane
  • Lark
  • Liv
  • Love
  • Lynn
  • May
  • Neve
  • Noor
  • Paige
  • Pearl
  • Quinn
  • Rae
  • Rain
  • Reese
  • Rose
  • Rue
  • Ruth
  • Sage
  • Shae
  • Skye
  • Sloane
  • Snow
  • Starr
  • Tess
  • True
  • Vale
  • Viv
  • Wren
  • Wyn

1-Syllable Boy Names

  • Ash
  • Beau
  • Blaine
  • Blake
  • Bryce
  • Cade
  • Cain
  • Chad
  • Chase
  • Clay
  • Cole
  • Craig
  • Dean
  • Drake
  • Flynn
  • Gage
  • Grant
  • Guy
  • Hayes
  • Heath
  • Hugh
  • Jace
  • Jack
  • Jake
  • James
  • Jay
  • Joel
  • John
  • Jude
  • Kent
  • Kurt
  • Kyle
  • Leif
  • Luke
  • Mark
  • Max
  • Park
  • Paul
  • Pax
  • Reid
  • Rex
  • Sam
  • Seth
  • Shane
  • Taj
  • Tate
  • Trace
  • Troy
  • Vance
  • Zack

2-Syllable Girl Names

  • Alice
  • Anna
  • Aubrey
  • Autumn
  • Ava
  • Bella
  • Charlotte
  • Chloe
  • Clara
  • Cora
  • Eden
  • Ella
  • Elsa
  • Emma
  • Hailey
  • Hannah
  • Harper
  • Hazel
  • Isla
  • Josie
  • Kayla
  • Lauren
  • Lea
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Maggie
  • Mary
  • Maya
  • Megan
  • Mia
  • Molly
  • Nicole
  • Nora
  • Nova
  • Olive
  • Orchid
  • Paisley
  • Peyton
  • Piper
  • Reagan
  • Riley
  • Ruby
  • Sadie
  • Sarah
  • Scarlett
  • Skylar
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Willow
  • Zoey

2-Syllable Boy Names

  • Aaron
  • Adam
  • Aiden
  • Andrew
  • Austin
  • Brandon
  • Bryan
  • Caleb
  • Carter
  • Connor
  • Cooper
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Dylan
  • Eli
  • Ethan
  • Evan
  • Garrett
  • Henry
  • Hudson
  • Hunter
  • Ian
  • Isaac
  • Jackson
  • Jacob
  • Jaden
  • Jonah
  • Jordan
  • Joseph
  • Kayden
  • Landon
  • Levi
  • Liam
  • Logan
  • Lucas
  • Mason
  • Matthew
  • Michael
  • Nathan
  • Noah
  • Owen
  • Parker
  • Patrick
  • Robert
  • Ryan
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Tyler
  • William
  • Wyatt

3-Syllable Girl Names

  • Addison
  • Allison
  • Annabelle
  • Avery
  • Bethany
  • Brianna
  • Cassandra
  • Christina
  • Deborah
  • Delilah
  • Destiny
  • Eleanor
  • Elena
  • Eliza
  • Emerson
  • Emily
  • Evelyn
  • Fiona
  • Francesca
  • Gabrielle
  • Genevieve
  • Gillian
  • Isabel
  • Jocelyn
  • Juliet
  • Juniper
  • Katherine
  • Lavender
  • Lillian
  • Lorelei
  • Mackenzie
  • Madison
  • Makayla
  • Maria
  • Meredith
  • Miriam
  • Nadia
  • Naomi
  • Natalie
  • Priscilla
  • Rebecca
  • Samantha
  • Savannah
  • Sierra
  • Sophia
  • Susanna
  • Tabitha
  • Trinity
  • Violet
  • Winona

3-Syllable Boy Names

  • Abraham
  • Adrian
  • Anthony
  • Apollo
  • Benjamin 
  • Cameron
  • Christopher
  • Dakota
  • Dominic
  • Edison
  • Elijah
  • Ellery
  • Elliot
  • Everett
  • Fabian
  • Finnegan
  • Frederick
  • Gabriel
  • Garrison
  • Gideon
  • Gregory
  • Hamilton
  • Isaiah
  • Jamison
  • Jefferson
  • Jeremy
  • Jonathan
  • Joshua
  • Josiah
  • Julian
  • Mateo
  • Mathias
  • Nathaniel
  • Nicholas
  • Oliver
  • Orion
  • Orlando
  • Raphael
  • Remington
  • Samuel
  • Sebastian
  • Sergio
  • Solomon
  • Timothy
  • Tobias
  • Uriah
  • Uriel
  • Washington
  • Xavier
  • Zachary
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  1. Social Security Administration. Top 10 Baby Names of 2018. 2018.