28 Awesome Baby Names That Don’t Require Nicknames

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Choosing a baby name is an important task for any parent. After all, their name will stick with your kid for his or her entire life. (No pressure or anything, Mom and Dad!)

Many of us choose baby names long before our children are even born — sometimes they’re family names, while other times, we choose names that we’ve heard while growing up and have fallen in love with.

Either way though, we give our little ones these names with pride. And yet inevitably, as your child grows older, you may find that the neighbor next door, a teacher, or even you will shorten that beloved name and start calling your child by a nickname.

But if you’re hoping to find a name that avoids the nicknaming route, there are plenty of gorgeous — and already shortened — baby names out there to choose from. Here are just a few to consider.


  1. Craig — A classic name that will never go out of style, this Scottish name means “from the rocks.”
  2. Cole — While some might think of this as a nickname for Nicholas, I think Cole stands pretty strong on its own.
  3. Josh — This Hebrew name is short for the classic name Joshua, but even this shortened version works well all by itself.
  4. Max — A short and sweet name with a timeless sound to it. What more can you ask for?
  5. Austin — This name means “great one,” and I think it’s a pretty great name choice for a little boy, too.
  6. Liam — We’ve been hearing this name more and more, as it continues to climb the baby name charts. It also has a pretty strong meaning: “resolute protector.”
  7. Declan — A rather unique name that mean “full of goodness,” it’s the perfect pick for any Irish lad.
  8. Porter — Believe it or not, this name keeps rising on the charts. But perhaps that’s no surprise, with its classic sound and timeless feel.
  9. Mark — Whether it ends with a “c” or a “k,” the name Mark never seems to lose its staying power. I just love its classic and masculine sound.
  10. Graham — A Scottish name that means “from the gray home,” Graham has a long history in both Scotland and England.
  11. Simon — This name has a proper sound to it. It’s a Hebrew name that means “listening.” Isn’t that something that we all want our children to do?
  12. Finn — A charming name that means “fair,” and is also sometimes short for Finley.
  13. Ian — Ian is a popular Scottish name that means “God is gracious.” It’s also been in the top 100 baby names since 1982!
  14. Harry — Thanks to Harry Potter and England’s Prince Harry, this name is rising on the charts — and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.
  15. Girls:

  16. Grace — This is my daughter’s middle name, and I just love the sophistication of it.
  17. Lauren — Okay, so I may be bias here, since Lauren happens to be my own name, but I can tell you firsthand that I’ve never had anyone shorten my name to anything. While it was popular back when I was born, it’s a little more rare these days.
  18. Amy — This French name means “dearly loved.” It’s such a special name for your little girl who is already so dearly loved.
  19. Paula — The Latin name Paula has a strong and confident sound to it, doesn’t it?
  20. Lisa — While we don’t hear this name as often as we did in the ’70s and ’80s, it’s still a great name choice for your little girl that’s short and sweet.
  21. Chloe — Chloe is pretty popular right now, reaching No. 22 on the latest baby naming charts. Most parents love that it’s chic and simple, with a great flair to it.
  22. Brooke — For those of you that love water, this is a great nature-inspired name choice for your little girl.
  23. Mila — I love the simplicity and uniqueness of Mila. It’s sweet and feminine, and easy for little kids to spell.
  24. Blair — A unisex name that’s very beautiful for a little girl, Blair means “child of the fields.”
  25. Ali — Usually, Ali is a nickname for names like Alison or Alexandra, but it’s also gorgeous all by itself.
  26. Reese — A Welsh name that means “passionate,” Reese isn’t heard too often, but it was certainly popularized with the rise of Reese Witherspoon. Personally, I love the femininity of it.
  27. Quinn — You’d be making a wise choice with this Celtic name, which means “wisdom.” It also doubles as a name for boys.
  28. Remy — We’ve been hearing this name more often in recent years, and that might have something to do with how quirky and sweet it is.
  29. Hope — A soft and feminine name that’s sweet and simple, Hope is an inspiring name with a special meaning.
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