Two-Syllable Baby Girl Names

Short but Sweet Names for Baby Girls

Two Year Old Girl at Play
Robert Kirk/Photodisc/Getty Images

While many parents choose baby names based on family tradition, or to honor someone they know, some parents seek names that will flow with their surname. Most of the time you won't go wrong with two-syllable names, most of which—unlike one-syllable names—will pair well with either long or short family names. And there are plenty to choose from.

Here are the most popular names for baby girls with two syllables that might give parents some ideas.


Emma is an old-fashioned girls' name that's enjoyed a revival over the past two decades. She's never really dropped totally out of favor and has supplanted her three-syllable sister Emily as the most popular Em. The classic Jane Austen novel "Emma" set the bar high for this name, which means "universal."


Short, sweet and feminine, for Millennials' grandparents the name Ava likely conjures up the 1940s and 1950s actress Ava Gardner. Depending on the language, there are a few variations on the name's origins, including "to live" in Hebrew, "desired" in German, and "voice" in Persian. Ava is a pretty name whatever the language.


It is a name which has risen in popularity beginning in the 1960s. It rose as high as No. 6 in recent years. Mia has multicultural appeal for parents seeking a simple-sounding name for their baby girl. It stems from a nickname for Maria.


The first name of the author of the classic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird," Harper has cracked the top 10 after barely showing up on the charts at all before 2005.


In English, Ella means "fairy woman" or "light," and in modern Hebrew, Ella means "goddess." Whatever the language, Ella has a fine history to inspire parents seeking a name for their baby girl.


Chloe has ranked among the top 20 most popular names in the U.S. for the past two decades. Its roots are Greek and it has recently been popularized by the Kardashians (although she uses the alternate spelling Khloe). The name means "green shoot" which has a nice, fresh feel perfect for a new daughter.


This unusual name that was primarily a boys' name until the mid-1970s has been rising steadily on the girls' chart, lingering around the top 20 since 2011. Meaning "elf ruler," this pretty, Old English name with Germanic roots could be the slightly different name that some parents seek. 


This quirky name means "life," and has been a steady presence on girls' name charts for several years. She's been right around the top 20 in popularity since about 2011 and has been the name of a growing number of television characters.


This classic old name, derived from the flower, has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since the turn of the century. Lily looks to be part of the trend of choosing classic, simple names for baby girls that are all the rage among Millennial parents. 


She was one of the most popular names at the start of the 21st century and has slipped a bit in popularity since, but Hannah remains a well-loved choice for parents. She has a lovely meaning in Hebrew: "God's gift to the world," a beautiful sentiment to bestow on your baby daughter.

More Two-Syllable Girl Names

  • Alice
  • Anna
  • Audrey
  • Bella 
  • Charlotte
  • Cora
  • Danielle or Dani
  • Eden 
  • Ellie
  • Elsa
  • Farrah
  • Gina
  • Gracie
  • Hazel
  • Isla
  • Jordyn
  • Josie
  • Kayla or Kyla
  • Lauren
  • Layla
  • Lia or Leah
  • Lila 
  • Lola
  • Luna
  • Maggie
  • Mary
  • Maya
  • Molly 
  • Michelle
  • Nina
  • Nora or Norah
  • Piper
  • Riley or Ryleigh
  • Ruby
  • Sarah
  • Scarlett
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Tina
  • Willow
Was this page helpful?