There are a host of reasons for choosing a short name for your child. Maybe you have a last name that takes 30 seconds to pronounce and you want to give your child a mental break, or maybe you just like the punch that short names pack. Whatever your reasons for choosing a short and sweet baby name, you want one that can stand on it's own, regardless of it's length, or lack thereof.
Despite the stigmas surrounding short names, like that they're merely nicknames for the "real name" or are too cute without enough depth, there are those who beg to differ. These 11 short and sweet baby names prove that bigger (or, longer, in this case) isn’t always better. They are all under two syllables, but each of them has either a unique meaning or history allowing them to stand on their own just fine. (Not to mention being downright beautiful.) No kid wants to feel like their name is just the shortened version of a longer name, but with these names, that won't be an issue. Though some of them are alternates to longer names, they all have enough gusto on their own ensuring that they won't be lacking a single thing, or syllable, for that matter.