Parents Who Like to Get to the Point Will Love These Short Names for Baby Boys

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Like everything else, baby names are subject to trends. And whether you're looking to find a cool and popular baby name or a rare and unique one, knowing the trends up front will help you match up with a moniker that won't give you baby name regret.

One baby-name trend that Quartz, a popular news organization, has noticed? The rise of short name, specifically four-letter ones. The site reports the length of baby names has been dropping since a peak in the late '80s and early '90s., when names like Michael and Christopher were the most common. And it doesn't take long to verify Quartz's observation: One look at the list of the top boy names released by Social Security Administration (SSA) and you'll see Liam and Noah taking up the first two spots.

And it's easy to see why: short names pack a punch. They're easy to spell, easy to remember and have an indescribable cool factor to them. So, if you're looking to pick a short boy name, here are the most popular ones out there right now according to the SSA.

Short, Two-Letter Boy Names

Interestingly enough, there are only two boys' names on the SSA list that are only two letters long: Bo and Ty. (Other two-letter monikers, like Ed, Cy, Al and Oz, are probably more likely used as nicknames for a longer boy 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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Photo credit: Jade Albert Studio, Inc. - Getty Images

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, listed in order from most popular to least.

  1. Leo

  2. Eli

  3. Kai

  4. Ian

  5. Ace

  6. Max

  7. Jax

  8. Ali

  9. Ari

  10. Jay

  11. Dax

  12. Asa

  13. Koa

  14. Roy

  15. Sam

  16. Rio

  17. Mac

  18. Rex

  19. Lee

  20. Tru

  21. Rey

  22. Ben

  23. Avi

  24. Joe

  25. Noe

  26. Ira

  27. Ray

  28. Jon

  29. Axl

  30. Wes

  31. Van

  32. Cal

  33. Kye

  34. Fox

  35. Neo

  36. Zev

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Photo credit: itakayuki - Getty Images

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, also listed in order of popularity.

  1. Liam

  2. Noah

  3. Jack

  4. Levi

  5. Owen

  6. John

  7. Luke

  8. Ezra

  9. Luca

  10. Ryan

  11. Axel

  12. José

  13. Beau

  14. Jace

  15. Adam

  16. Gael

  17. Luka

  18. Evan

  19. Amir

  20. Milo

  21. Cole

  22. Zion

  23. Luis

  24. Enzo

  25. Theo

  26. Jude

  27. Juan

  28. Dean

  29. Ivan

  30. Leon

  31. Finn

  32. King

  33. Arlo

  34. Alex

  35. Abel

  36. Alan

  37. Joel

  38. Eric

  39. Colt

  40. Knox

  41. Nash

  42. Zane

  43. Kash

  44. Jett

  45. Mark

  46. Cash

  47. Paul

  48. Nico

  49. Lane

  50. Omar

  51. Crew

  52. Zayn

  53. Niko

  54. Rory

  55. Cruz

  56. Kobe

  57. Reid

  58. Tate

  59. Cody

  60. Wade

  61. Odin

  62. Kane

  63. Jake

  64. Otto

  65. Cade

  66. Remy

  67. Sean

  68. Kyle

  69. Kade

  70. Noel

  71. Onyx

  72. Rhys

  73. Reed

  74. Troy

  75. Sage

  76. Hank

  77. Hugo

  78. Ford

  79. Erik

  80. Kian

  81. Adan

  82. Andy

  83. Mack

  84. Iker

  85. Seth

  86. Jase

  87. Eden

  88. Drew

  89. Ares

  90. Koda

  91. Kylo

  92. Saul

  93. Gage

  94. Zain

  95. Amos

  96. Raul

  97. Clay

  98. Case

  99. Otis

  100. Trey

  101. Zaid

  102. Tony

  103. Emir

  104. Aden

  105. Alec

  106. Ozzy

  107. Grey

  108. Neil

  109. Remi

  110. Aron

  111. Lian

  112. Musa

  113. Milo

  114. Hugh

  115. Kyro

  116. Rome

  117. Dash

  118. Zayd

  119. Rudy

  120. Bode

  121. Kase

  122. Bear

  123. Elio

  124. Dane

  125. Nova

  126. Kole

  127. Kace

  128. Dior

  129. Kyng

  130. Gary

  131. Joey

  132. Jaxx

  133. Carl

  134. Ayan

  135. Zyon

  136. Jair

  137. Elon

  138. Cain

  139. Gian

  140. Rene

  141. Kody

  142. Aldo

  143. Cory

  144. Khai

  145. Leif

  146. Koen

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