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.
1 Odette LaylaBird/E+/Getty Images
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. People with this name have " a deep inner need for quiet," according to SheKnows. It's perfect if you're looking for a name with a little mystery and romance. 2 Grayson Originally a surname, Grayson has become a popular choice for boys and girls. While the name literally means "son of the gray-haired one," SheKnows noted that people with the name Grayson tend to follow professions where they can serve humanity. It's also been showing up in hip preschools for at least the past 15 years. 4 Aslin
Originally only thought of as a surname, Aslin is now becoming a popular first name choice for girls. People with
the name Aslin are determined and born leaders, according to numerological interpretation. It's definitely a strong, powerful name for a woman with almost a mythological kind of vibe. 5 Harper
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. This surge in use could be due in part to celeb parents like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka (whose twins are named Harper and Gideon). 6 Tehya
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." Flowing and graceful, this is a lovely alternative to more commonly used names ending in "a" for girls. 8 Quentin Cavan Images/Cavan/Getty Images 9 Zola Meaning "peaceful" or "Earth," according to Babble, Zola brings with it some super cute and even shorter nicknames, like Zoe and Zo. It's got a modern-feeling swing that's somehow classic, too. 10 Flora
As you might have guessed, Flora means "flower." As SheKnows explained, "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." 11 Bexley
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." (And just think of what a cute nickname "Bex" could be.) 14 Brielle
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. 15 Linus
You might hear Linus and think of the beloved Charlie Brown Character, but according to Nameberry.com, Linus was also
a musician and poet who invented rhythm and melody and taught music to Hercules. Sounds like some seriously creative roots. (One might have expected piano-playing Schroeder to be the Peanuts character with musical roots.) 16 Frankie
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. 18 Zander
As explained on 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," and both are rare examples of first names beginning with the letters at the end of the alphabet.