I have one of those long names that I apologize for when someone asks me to spell it. "It's a long one, so hold on to your hat." Ultimately, I don't mind it because my name is wrapped in meaning, including the fact that I am named for my grandmother. But if you have a little one growing in your belly and are seeking to simplify things, then you might want to check out some unique baby names with two syllables.
And just because you are keeping it simple doesn't mean that you can't choose a name that is steeped in meaning. Whether you choose a short first name because you are pairing it with a gigantic last name or you simply like the way it sounds, you're bound to discover something that suits your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. After all, who wouldn't love a name that means "peaceful" or "happy"? You might also find that people with some of these names carry serious potential to be born leaders and do big things for humanity, and, well, that's all kinds of awesome.
And, of course, no matter the name you choose for your baby, it's bound to be amazing because, guess what? They already are.
If you're a fan of Swan Lake, then you know Odette (pronounced oh-DEHT) is the name of the "good" swan in Tchaikovsky's ballet. And if you suspect your little one harbors an inner peace, then Odette might be a fit. According to SheKnows, people with this name have "a deep inner need for quiet."
Originally only thought of as a surname, Aslin has rose in popularity as a name choice for girls. According to numerological interpretation, people with the name Aslin are determined and born leaders.
Harper, which literally means "harp player," was rarely heard before the mid-2000s, but entered the girls' list in 2004 and became ultra popular, according to Nameberry.com.
As soon as I saw Tehya (pronounced TEY-ah) on the many name lists, I kind of fell in love with it. So, it came as no surprise that Tehya — which comes from Native American origin — means "precious."
According to Baby Center, Levi is Hebrew for "joined in harmony." And if you think your little one might be a peacemaker, then you will especially love that in the theocratic structure of Israel, the Levites were the people who promoted social cohesion.
Whether you are a fan of the famous Pulp Fiction director or simply love that the people with the name Quentin (pronounced KWEHN-tin) have a deep desire to lead, you might consider adding this one to your list. According to SheKnows, people with this name "tend to be mystics, philosophers, scholars, and teachers."
Meaning "peaceful" or "Earth," Zola brings with it some super cute and even shorter nicknames, like Zoe and Zo.
As you might have guessed, Flora means "flower." According to SheKnows, "people with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths."
Derived from the names of two different locations — a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and a London borough — Bexley is often found on Nameberry.com's list of "Rare Or Uncommon Names."
A name with French roots, Brielle is said to mean "God is my strength," according to BabyNames.com. Nicknames for this lovely moniker include Bri and Elle.
You might hear Linus and think of the beloved Charlie Brown Character, but according to Nameberry.com, Linus is also a musician and poet who invented rhythm and melody and taught music to Hercules. Sounds like some seriously creative roots.
This is one of those super cool names that suits a girl or a boy, which is just one of the reasons I love it. It's also all kinds of awesome because according to Nameberry.com, Frankie frequently makes the "Badass Baby Names" list and I can totally see why.
According to Nameberry.com, "the name Zander is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning 'defending men.'" You can also spell it with an "X" (as in "Xander"). Either way, both monikers are offshoots of the name "Alexander."
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