145 Short Boy Names for Parents Who Like to Get to the Point

Cute monikers such as Bo, Avi and Mylo are getting more popular.

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They say brevity is the soul of wit, and that might go double when it comes to choosing a baby boy's name. Thinking about your child introducing himself, spelling his name and filling out forms for the rest of his life, and it might be easier on everyone to choose a name that packs a lot in to very few letters.

And the trend seems to be going in that direction, too. According to Quartz, the length of baby names has been dropping since a peak in the late '80s and early '90s. Then, longer names like Michael and Christopher were the most common, but now, it seems top names are much shorter.

One look at the most popular boy names of 2021 bears that out: The No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Social Security Administration (SSA) list of the most often used names are Liam and Noah, both clocking in at just four letters. This is partly due to the trend of using nicknames as full names (like choosing royal baby name Archie instead of Archibald or Theo over Theodore). And it's not just boys: Quartz reports that short girl names, like Emma and Ava, are also on the rise.

If you're looking for a baby name that's quick and punchy, you might consider one of the short boy names below. They've all landed on the list SSA's list of the top 1,000 baby names of the year.

Short, Two-Letter Boy Names

Interestingly enough, there are only two boys' names on the list that are only two letters long: Bo and Ty. (Other two-letter monikers, like Ed, Al and Oz, are probably more likely used as nicknames for a longer name.) So while it's tough to find a ton of choices for two-letter names, three- and four-letter names abound.

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Short, Three-Letter Boy Names

Three letters are almost as short as a name can get. If you really want to keep it quick, consider one of these popular baby boy names.

  1. Leo
  2. Eli
  3. Ian
  4. Kai
  5. Max
  6. Ace
  7. Jax
  8. Ali
  9. Jay
  10. Ari
  11. Dax
  12. Asa
  13. Roy
  14. Koa
  15. Sam
  16. Noe
  17. Rex
  18. Ray
  19. Joe
  20. Axl
  21. Lee
  22. Ben
  23. Rio
  24. Ira
  25. Kye
  26. Tru
  27. Jon
  28. Van
  29. Rey
  30. Avi
  31. Fox
  32. Zev
  33. Mac
  34. Cal
  35. Jad
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    Four-Letter Short Boy Names

    Quartz calls names that are four letters and two vowels "raindrop names" for the way they just bounce off the tongue. Here are some names to consider for your own raindrop.

    1. Liam
    2. Noah
    3. Levi
    4. Jack
    5. Owen
    6. John
    7. Luke
    8. Ezra
    9. Ryan
    10. Luca
    11. Axel
    12. José
    13. Adam
    14. Jace
    15. Evan
    16. Beau
    17. Gael
    18. Amir
    19. Milo
    20. Cole
    21. Luis
    22. Zion
    23. Juan
    24. Ivan
    25. Jude
    26. Luka
    27. King
    28. Theo
    29. Enzo
    30. Dean
    31. Finn
    32. Abel
    33. Alex
    34. Alan
    35. Leon
    36. Eric
    37. Joel
    38. Arlo
    39. Colt
    40. Mark
    41. Knox
    42. Kobe
    43. Nash
    44. Paul
    45. Omar
    46. Kash
    47. Lane
    48. Zane
    49. Cash
    50. Jett
    51. Crew
    52. Cody
    53. Cruz
    54. Zayn
    55. Kyle
    56. Reid
    57. Nico
    58. Jake
    59. Rori
    60. Odin
    61. Sean
    62. Kane
    63. Wade
    64. Tate
    65. Remy
    66. Niko
    67. Kade
    68. Cade
    69. Iker
    70. Otto
    71. Andy
    72. Noel
    73. Troy
    74. Erik
    75. Rhys
    76. Hugo
    77. Seth
    78. Sage
    79. Kylo
    80. Reed
    81. Kian
    82. Ford
    83. Adan
    84. Jase
    85. Gage
    86. Hank
    87. Eden
    88. Mack
    89. Drew
    90. Raul
    91. Case
    92. Zain
    93. Saul
    94. Alec
    95. Koda
    96. Ares
    97. Onyx
    98. Tony
    99. Duke
    100. Clay
    101. Otis
    102. Emir
    103. Aden
    104. Zaid
    105. Zeke
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