Short & Snappy Girls’ Names On the Rise: A Shopping Guide

Here’s a list of short and snappy girls’ names that rose in popularity on the Social Security Administration’s top-100 list in 2014. It’s a user-friendly list of names spelled with 3 to 5 letters that are all easy to spell and pronounce.

Emma* (#1 to #1)
Rising from #2 to #1 while Emily didn’t budge.

Sofia* (+1 to #12)
A 7% gain in popularity by a name that’s easier to spell than Sophia.

Grace (+1 to #21)
An almost 5% gain for this simple-but-elegant name popularized years ago by Grace Kelly.

Zoey (+2 to #22);
A 10% gain in popularity for the name that’s rising as Zoe declines.

Layla (+1 to #29)
Easier to pronounce than Leila, popularized by Eric Clapton’s song.

Aria (+9 to #31)
A 22% in popularity by this fast rising name that’s the most popular of a long list of sound-alike names.

Anna (+1 to #34)
A more dynamic choice than Anne and Ann.

Claire (+5 to #44)
An almost 10% gain in popularity for this elegant name.

Sadie (+4 to #46)
A 7% gain in popularity for this nickname for Susan.

Nora (+34 to 49)
A 31% gain in popularity from #107) for this short form of Eleanor.

Ellie (+19 to #55)
A 20% gain at the expense of Ella.

Lucy (+4 to #62)
A more than 5% gain for a name that puts smiles on people’s faces.

Stella (+4 to #66)
A more than 5% name for this name from “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Mila (+6 to #72)
A 7% gain for the name popularized by Mila Kunis

Piper (+22 to #75)
An 23% gain helped by “Orange is the New Black.”

Faith (+8 to #81)
A 10% gain for this religious name associated with Faith Hill.

Eva (+6 to 82)
A 7% gain for a name for more dynamic alternative to Eve.

Lydia+3 to 90)
A 3% gain for this ancient name that refers to an ancient land now part of Turkey.

Alice (+10 to 107)
An almost 9% gain from this classic name that reminds us of Alice’s visit to “Wonderland.”

*I should probably remind you to avoid choosing either of the first two names due to their popularity. I included them to show you all of the girls’ names spelled with 3 to 5 letters that were on rise.

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