A popular baby name topic is always short baby names. Easy to learn and spell, and great paired with a long middle or last name. Today I’m sharing an even more specific list of unique 4 letter girl names and 5 letter names, as well. While there are many common names that fit these categories, I went for more uncommon names that still felt simple and sweet like their more mainstream counterparts.
My favorite short names coming right up but first…
Alyssa has one child named Isla and is expecting a girl this winter! Here’s what she’s looking for in a name for Isla’s little sister:
“My husband and I love shorter names (4-5 letters), however he likes more feminine names and I favor more unique and uncommon names. Some we are considering are Miko, Yara, Maura (me) and Lucy, Daisy, Norah (him). Please help!”
Beautiful and Unique 4 Letter Girl Names
Short names make up a lot of the top names in the country, like Mia, Ava and Emma. The 4 letter girl names are less common, many not even making an appearance in the top 1,000!
Many of these 4 letter names end in A and Y sounds which feel short and sweet but still unique.
I like that many of these names are slight variations on popular short and sweet girl names. Like Etta or Esme instead of Emma, Lula instead of Luca or Lucy and Nori or Naya instead of Norah. They give off the same feeling, but are less likely to be heard on the playground!
Great 5 Letter Baby Girl Names
Still falling squarely in the short name category would be 5 letter names! Names like Willa are already rising stars, but others we’ve come across are great new takes on classics. Think Livia instead of top-charting Olivia or Della in place of Ella.
Here are a few favorite 5 letter girl names:
Many of these names could be great nicknames for longer names too, if you want to go in a different direction:
- Matilda (Tilda)
- Adella (Della)
- Ottilie (Ottie)
- Esmerelda (Emmie or Esme)
What are your favorite 4 letter girl names and 5 letter girl names?
Do you have any 4 letter baby girl names you love? What about 5 letter names? Leave them below!
More Baby Name Ideas
- Last Names As First Names For Girls
- Girl Names with Gender Neutral Nicknames
- Girl Names That End in “A”
- Unique Old Fashioned Baby Names
Congratulations, Alyssa! We hope you find a name you love!
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What about Lola? Or Lulu as a nickname for something traditional like Lucille?
I love the name Lola so much!
My daughter’s name is Neve! The traditional spelling in Irish is Niamh. We love her name. 🙂
Wow such a beautiful name!!
This is right up my alley – my girls are Isla, Cora, and Mae. We loved Poppy as well.
Such gorgeous sibling names!! I love the name Cora so much.
What about Auden? I love the sound of Isla and Auden :). Congrats!
You could do something more traditional and longer with a less common less feminine nickname (aurora and call her Rory)
Also have always love Evelyn or Everly and call her Evie
Cora is one of my favorite names and I love how it goes with Isla
Great idea!! Aurora (Rory) is so sweet.
Steph M. says
Fiona is at the top of our list currently! Easy to say/spell but I don’t think it’s as common.
I’ve loved Jovie since Elf! Such a cute and unique name ❤️
Flower in Japanese
Give out Love/Radiance in Maori
*maybe I’m just partial to “H” names 😉
I think Remi is super cute!
Our new babies name is Eloise (Ellie for short) and seems to for the criteria desired here.
Aw love Eloise, and congrats!!
I have a Zoe, so I love that name. Could be Zoee or Zoey, though I naturally prefer the original Zoe with three letters.
How about Mila?
My daughters name is Mila Jade
We have a Quinn and love its not super common but also not super unusual.
Italia would sound great with Isla
Cleo / Clio
Freya or Mara!
A friend recently named her daughter Malin. Another 5 letter name I like is Jorie (like the poet Jorie Graham).
Jorie! I haven’t heard that before and it’s so great!
We have an Isla and her sister is Luna. There’s also Wren, and Indy that are great four letter names that we liked.
Nicole lutz says
My daughters name is Evie (pronounced EE-VEE) and we loved it because of it being short, feminine and unique.
jane bowen says
aww that’s my sisters name (her real name is Evelyn)!
Stephanie Acevedo says
If I get a chance to be a mom, I would like to do gender neutral names. I like the names Remi and Rain.
I wanted to name my daughter that but the father vetoed. I still love it though, I don’t know if it’s common in the US.
I also think Tyra, Mona, Sonja, Cleo and Maya are very pretty.
Ayla, Erna, Tuana, Nisa, Hira…
My daughter is named Orla.
My nieces are Isla and Ruby, so clearly I think they go together nicely! We know quite a few baby/little girls named Cora or Nora, so I wouldn’t count those as uncommon anymore.
Our girls are Lina and Cara 😊
What about Elise (or Elyse). I’m bias because it’s my name but also it’s short, feminine and pretty uncommon.
Fawn, Fawna, Fiera,
Our daughter’s name is Anya- pronounced Ann ya. We still love it 40 years later
My name is Hana and we have a Wren and Lilou
Tarez, Nora, laleh, Rowe, Lyra
Tylo, Tavi, Siva, Savi, Taio, Luka, Vada, Zaya, Pharo, Soenix. are some of the kids names in my family!
those are so cool!
I really like “Lily” paired with Isla.
Evie is also really cute.
Shannon M says
What about Keeva? The Irish spelling is Caoimhe and it means “dear” or “noble” 😊
My daughter’s name is Eden <3
So we actually were set on Arlo (because Kelly’s lil Arlo is just too precious) and Roux. We went with Arlo, but man oh man I just love the name Roux! Their nickname would’ve been chowder
Darcy, Clare, Josie, Emme, Avery, Willa are too here and we have a Lila.
I have a 6 yo Maeve (and a niece named Isla). Both have always felt chic to me but not obnoxiously so. We loved Maeve because it feels very strong to us. Not too frilly. Memorable. Felt appropriate for a doctor or a fashion designer too, though I can’t verbalize why! People love it.
What about Zara? Like Vera it sounds good with Isla because of the a on the end!
My daughter’s name is Avila. She likes to go by Avi for short.
Congrats! Perhaps Nari (Korean for Lily) or Lyra (Latin for harp) might suit? My brain wants to follow Isla with a single syllable name; like Brynn, Dove, Joss, Quinn, Wren, or Wynne for example. Happy choosing!
I liked the name Lila if my youngest was a girl. He wasn’t so we named him Rixen.
We also have an Indigo who was almost called Piper.
Mary, Thea, Betty, Peta, Beth (Bethea/Bethany)
Anouk, Pippa, Grace
Love the name Thea!
Mar (sea in Spanish) would go nice Isla (great name btw)
I also like Lily, Lucy, Mila, Lila, Lara, Holly and Jane
My daughter’s name is Cora. We also considered Mira and Mara!
My daughters’ names are Ana and Nina, love them both.
My daugher’s name is Isla (9 yo). If I have more I’ve always loved Evie for a girl and Eli for a boy.
simeon chadwick says
I’ve only had the chance to give the name to my cat ;), but I love the name Eliza- it’s lovely and distinguished, and also shortens nicely to Liza or Za. One of my other cats’ names, incidentally, is Arlo. I mostly call him Lo.
we named our daughter micah
jane is not considered very “unique”, but it’s not common either and so pretty! though i might be biased, as it is my own name, haha.
Michelle Hutton says
I have Kyra, Kara and Kacy
Kaycee Beatrice says
My child’s name is Kate Bianca Monroe