40 short names for girls and boys – Crescer Magazine


With up to four letters and two syllables, short names have become a trend in recent years. Gael, Noah and Davi were among the most popular names for boys in 2021. Nor can we forget about Enzo’s fever, which was the most registered for two consecutive years, in 2018 and 2019. As for girls, there are several beautiful ideas and different. Luna, Zoe, Mel and Jade are some examples that have won the hearts of parents when deciding how to register their daughter.

Easy to pronounce, delicate and with striking meanings, they can be a good choice to add to your list of options when choosing a baby’s name. We’ve selected 40 short names for girls and boys to help you with that decision. Check out the list and get inspired!

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ADA: Means happy, from eada, from Germanic. Or from the Hebrew adah, ornament or beauty. Ada is a biblical character from the Old Testament, mentioned in the book of Genesis. She was the wife of Lamech and the mother of Jabal and Jubal.

A-N-A: From Hebrew Hannah, the same as “grace”. It is quoted several times in the Bible. Among them is the name of the mother of the prophet Samuel. This is one of the most popular names in Brazil, with over 3 million records. Some variations are Anna, Anne and Anais.

CLEO: It comes from the Greek kléos, translated as “fame”, “revelation” or even “glory”. It is also associated with the diminutive of Cleopatra, originating from the Greek Kleo-patros, which designates “famous father”. A spelling variation is Cléo.

DORA: Variation of Dorothea. It carries the beautiful meaning of “gift”, “gift” or even “gift”, originating from the Greek doron. It is a name little used in Brazil, with about 12 thousand records.

EVE: Means “life” or “to live”, from the Hebrew Hawwâh. In the Old Testament, it is the name of the first woman created by God. It is quite common among Brazilians, with more than 161 thousand people registered in this way. A variation is Ava.

GAIA: Means “earth”. In Greek mythology, Gaia is the divine personification of Earth. She is the second primordial deity, born after Chaos and was one of the first inhabitants of Olympus. Her progenitor potential is so intense that, without male intervention, she gives birth to Uranus (her son and husband), the Mountains and the Sea. Married to Heaven, Earth also spawns the Titans and Cyclopes. Absolutely everything that falls into her fertile womb comes to life.

GAL: Hebrew name, which can be used in masculine and feminine. It means “wave”. It is also related to an informal alteration of the noun “girl”, in English, which means “girl” or “lady”.

IARA: It comes from Tupi. For some authors, from Ig-iara, “water and lady”, that is, “lady of the waters”. Others believe that the origin is Yara, “the one above”, “the one who surpasses”. In Brazilian folklore, Iara is a mermaid who lives in the Amazon River and has the power to enchant men with her beautiful voice. A variation is Yara. In Brazil, there are more than 94 thousand people called that.

JADE: It originates from the Latin ilia, which means “stone on the flank” or “stone on the side”. It also gained the meaning of “precious stone”, referring to the green stone widely used for jewelry. It is not a very common name among Brazilians, with only 11 thousand records, but in the 2000s.

KIM: Very popular name among Koreans, it means “gold” or “golden.” Some authors say that it may have come from Anglo-Saxon, as an early form of “king”, translated as “king.” Regardless of the origin, it is a name that designates someone very powerful.

LAIS: Means “popular” or “democratic”. From the Greek Laís, derived from Laós, which designates “people”. It is also associated with the Hebrew Laith or Laish, translated as “lioness”. It is widely used among Brazilians, with more than 131 thousand records.

LANA: The name is inspired by the Italian Lana, which means “wool”. It is also related to the Helena variation, interpreted as “sunshine”. Although not very common, with only about 18,000 Brazilians registered like this, its popularity has been growing.

LIA: It is a variation of the name Lea. There are two possible meanings associated with Lia. From the Hebrew le’ah, it means “tired”. Another hypothesis is from the Latin lea, that is, “lioness”.

MOON: It means “moon” in Spanish. Luna was also the Roman goddess of the moon. It is little used in Brazil, with about 9 thousand records, but it has been on the rise in recent years.

HONEY: The name receives the denotation of the word itself, transferring to those who receive it the qualities proper to the substance, such as sweetness. It is also associated with the diminutive of Melissa, which comes from the Greek and means “bee”.

MIA: Scandinavian diminutive of the name Mary, referring to the starfish (Stella Maris), which represents the Virgin Mary in Christian iconography. Because of this, it means “sovereign lady”, “seer”, “the pure” or “star of the sea”.

MILA: In some Slavic languages, it means “dear”. But it can also be interpreted as a diminutive of Camila, which can be translated as “minister of God”, from the Greek.

NINA: From Italian Nina, familiar form of Giovannina, Caterina, Anina. Or from the Latin Nina, Ninna, baby. This was also the name of the Assyrian and Babylonian fertility goddess, patron deity of the city of Nineveh.

SARA: The origin is in the Hebrew Sarah, which designates princess. In the Bible, Sarah was the wife of Abraham. It is a very common name among Brazilians, more than 234 thousand people are called that. A variation is Sarah.

ZOE: It also carries the meaning of “life”, originating from the Greek. It reflects a person full of vivacity, who lives intensely and with great joy.


ALEX: Diminutive of Alexander, i.e. “protector of men” or “defender of mankind” in Greek. It is a name that has a sense of strength and leadership, used to express the idea of ​​someone with power to overcome negative energies and adversity. In Brazil, it is very popular, with more than 311 thousand records.

ARI: From the Hebrew arih, meaning “lion”. It is also associated with Hari, from Old Germanic, the same as “army”. Or, still, it can be related to the tupi airy, name of the bunch of brejaúva fruits, which is translated by extension as “the one with curly hair”. More than 43 thousand Brazilians are called that. A variation is Ary.

BEN: Said to be an abbreviation of Benedict, which means “blessed” or “blessed”, originating from the Latin Benedictus, or from Benjamin, which can be interpreted as “son of happiness”. It is a trend in Europe and countries that adopt the English language, while in Brazil, it is not so common, with just over a thousand records.

CAIO: Meaning happy, content, from Latin Gaius. Another origin indicated is the Latin Caius, translated as ”man’s name”. In Brazil, it is a widely used name, with over 227,000 people called it.

CAUÃ: It is a typically Brazilian name, has Tupi origin and means “hawk” or “hawk”. It is a popular name in Brazil, especially in the Southeast states such as Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. There are more than 85,000 people called that in the country. It is also written as Kauã, Cauan or Kauan.

DAVID: It comes from the Hebrew dawid and means “beloved”. In the Bible, David defeated the giant Goliath and became the great king of Israel. It is another name widely used in Brazilian territory, with more than 250 thousand people called that. In 2021, it was among the ten most popular baby names of the year. A variation is David.

EL: With Hebrew origin, it means “My God is Yahweh”. Yahweh was the ancient Hebrew name for God. Some scholars also relate its meaning to “highest” or “exalted”. In addition, it is also associated with the Greek hélios, which designates “the Sun”.

ENZO: It can be the diminutive of the Italian names Vicenzo (“to conquer”) or Lorenzo (“laurel”). But it is also related to the German Heinz, the same as Henrique, interpreted as “lord of the house”. It is well liked by Brazilians, especially in recent times. Enzo Gabriel was the most registered name for two consecutive years, in 2018 and 2019.

GAEL: There are a few meanings for this name. Some authors point out that it has Irish origins, since Gaelic is the way to name the inhabitant of present-day Ireland. But there are also theorists who say that he would have arisen from a Breton term, translated as “beautiful” or “generous”.

GIL: Variation of Egídio, also used as an abbreviation of Gilberto. From the old French Gilles, it means ”full of youth” or ”with a goatee”. In Brazil, about 9 thousand people have this name.

HUGO: Synonymous with “intelligent”, from the Germanic Hugh. It can also be derived from the term hug, which means “heart” or “spirit.” It is certainly a name with a very deep and emblematic meaning. It is common in Brazil, with more than 101 thousand records.

IAN: Scottish form of John, meaning John in Portuguese. It means “God is merciful” or “God has compassion” in Hebrew. In Brazil, more than 36 thousand people have this name.

ISAAC: It comes from the Hebrew Yishaq”el and means “God laughs”. In the Bible, Isaac was the son of Sarah and Abraham. There are more than 27 thousand Brazilians called this way. A variation of spelling is Isaac.

LEVI: Portuguese form of Hebrew Lewi, meaning “united” or “connected”. In the Old Testament, it is the name of the third son of Leah and Jacob. It is not so common in Brazil, but its popularity has been growing since the 2000s and, in 2021, it was among the ten most popular names for boys.

LUCA: It is the Italian form of Lucas. The name comes from the Greek Loukas, which means “natural from Lucania”, an Italian province. In the Bible, it is called one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. It is a name widely used in São Paulo, there are more than 11 thousand records in Brazil.

LUÍS: Latinized form of the Germanic name Ludwig. It is composed of the Germanic elements hlod, which designates “glory” or “fame” and wig, translated as “warrior”. Therefore, it can be interpreted as “famous, celebrated warrior”. Another hypothesis is the Germanic Allwisa, that is, “eminent sage” or “very prudent”. It was the name of several kings throughout history. It is one of the most popular names in Brazil, with more than 935 thousand records. A variation is Louis.

NOAH: Originating from the Hebrew No’ah, which in turn would have arisen from the word noach, which means “rest”, “rest”, “long life”. It is the name of the biblical character who builds an ark to save animals from the flood. In recent years, Noah has been quite successful, in 2021, he was among the ten most popular names for boys.

RU: It is believed to be the diminutive of Rodrigo, which has Germanic origin, translated as “glorious lord” or “famous power”, which in the ancient form was Roy or Roi. More than 38 thousand Brazilians are called that. A variation is Ruy.

TONE: It is the diminutive of Tomás, which means “twins”, in Aramaic, or of Antônio, interpreted as “who feeds on flowers”, “what is in the vanguard” or priceless, depending on the origin.

YURI: In Russian, it is the same as Jorge, which comes from the Greek and means “farmer”. Another possible origin for this name is the Hebrew Uri. In this way, Yuri can be interpreted as “the light of God”. In Brazil, there are more than 74 thousand people registered in this way. A variation is Yuri.

With data from the 2010 Demographic Census and the Association of Registrars of Natural Persons of Brazil (Arpen-Brasil).

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