3 letter girl names: 50 best three letter names

Short and sweet

Content Editor / July 29 2019

Whether you have a long surname or just want to keep things simple, a short and sweet girls name is timeless and classic – not to mention easy to pronounce, spell and write. Or perhaps you’re just looking for a cute middle name for your little Queen?

Here's out top 50 three letter names list for baby girls. Enjoy!

​1 ADA
This cute name is of German origin and means “noble, kind.” Famous Adas include Ada Nicodemou and Ada Maris.

A pet form of Alexandra, meaning “defender of mankind.” Also short for Alison. Famous Ali’s include actresses Ali McGraw and Ali Larter, and comedian Ali Wong.

Amy is a Latin name meaning “beloved.” Famous Amy’s include actresses Amy Poehler and Amy Adams, and late singer Amy Winehouse.

Ann, is a form of the Latin female given name Anna. This in turn is a representation of the Hebrew Hannah, which means 'favour' or 'grace.' Famous Ann’s include actress Anne Hathaway and Ann Margret, diarist Anne Frank and author Anne Bronte.

This popular name often makes top 10 lists. It may be from the Latin "avis," meaning "bird." It could also be a short form of the name Chava ("life" or "living one"), the Hebrew form of Eve. Famous Ava’s include actress Ava Gardner.

The name Bay is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "berry". There was a character named Bay Kennish on the show Switched at Birth; conservative political commentator Bay Buchanan was born Angela Marie.

An abbreviation of Beatrice, this cool name is Latin for “bringer of gladness.” Famous namesakes include veteran actress and Golden Girl Bea Arthur and US tennis player Bea Bielik.

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This sweet, old-lady name is short for Dorothy, which means “gift of God.” Famous Dorothy’s include the lead character in the Wizard of Oz and writer Dorothy Parker.

This beautiful name means “life” in Hebrew. Famous namesakes include models Eve Salvail and singer Eve.

10 FAY
This gentle sounding name is of English origin and means “fairy”. Famous namesakes include actress Faye Dunaway and British novelist Fay Weldon.

11 FIA
Fia is derived from the name Fiadh, meaning ‘deer’ in Irish. In Portuguese, Fia means weaver, and Fia may also be a short form of the Italian or Spanish Sofia or Fiammetta.

12 FLO
Flo is a truncated version of Flora or Florence. Flora the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth. Famous Flo's include Florence Nightingale and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

13 GIA
One of the most familiar Italian baby names, Gia is a short form of Gianna or Giovanna, the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian equivalent of John - all of them meaning "God's gracious gift." Famous Gias include supermodel Gia Carangi, while Matt Damon and Real Housewife of New Jersey Teresa Giudice both named their daughters Gia.

14 IDA
The name Ida is a girl's name of German origin meaning "industrious one". Famous namesakes include mode Ida Ljungqvist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells.

15 INA
The name Ina is used as a nickname for names like Marina or Kristina that end in “ina”. Some common forms of Ina include Ena, Inna, Yna, and Inanne. The name Ina is derived from an Anglo-saxon word meaning “home” or “to entertain”. Famous Inas include the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten.

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16 ISA
Isa is a unisex given name originating from a variety of sources. The name is most commonly derived from an Arabic translation of Jesus. Namesakes include actress Isa Miranda and singer Isa Tengblad.

17 IVY
Derived from an Old English word, Ivy represents fidelity (ancient Greeks gave newlyweds an ivy wreath to symbolize their faithfulness to one another). It also symbolizes eternity. Famous namesakes include Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy and singer Ivy Adara.

18 JOY
This beautiful, happy moniker needs no explanation and is a very popular middle name for girls. Famous namesakes include comedian/TV personality Joy Behar and Joy Mangano, the inventor whose life was the basis of Oscar-nominated biopic Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence.

19 KAY
The name Kay is an Arthurian Legend baby name. In Arthurian Legend the meaning of the name Kay is: Keeper of the keys. Famous Kays include TV actress Kay Panabaker.

20 KIM
Traditionally a boy’s name of English origin, Kim means “ruler” Famous Kim’s include reality TV star Kim Kardashian and model Kim Porter.

21 KIT
Kit is a cool, old-fashioned unisex nickname that sounds fresh and modern. May be short for Katherine or Kitty. Famous namesakes include Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington.

22 KYA
This name is a derivative of Kaia, which means “to rejoice.” Famous Kaia’s include model Kaia Gerber, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.

23 LEA
The name Lea is a girl's name of English origin meaning "weary or meadow". Famous namesakes include actress Lea Michele.

24 LEE
This gorgeous unisex name is strong yet gentle and great for boys and girls. It’s of English origin and means “pasture, meadow.”

25 LIA
Lia, or Leah, means “weary”. Famous Lias include Lia Neal, American Olympic swimmer and American ballerina Lia Cirio.

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26 LIV
Liv is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "life". Famous namesakes include Liv Tyler and it’s also the name of actress Julianne Moore’s daughter.

27 LIZ
Short for Elizabeth, this sweet moniker means “pledged to God.” Famous namesakes include actresses Liz Taylor and Liz Hurley.

28 LOU
If you want a simpler version of Louise, then Lou is just perfect. Traditionally Lou is a boy’s name but we like it as a feminine name too. Famous (male) Lou’s includes singer Lou Reed and actor Lou Diamond Phillips.

29 LUX
This unique moniker is derived from the Spanish name Luz, meaning “light”. Lux is the Lady of Luminosity in the League of Legends games and also the name of the lead character in Virgin Suicides, played by Kirsten Dunst.

30 MAY
Believed to originate from ‘Mary’, May makes for a gorgeous first or middle name. Famous Mays include actress Mae West and author May Gibbs.

31 MEG
Meg is a Greek baby name meaning "pearl". Famous Megs include actress Meg Ryan and former Suits actress and Royal Meghan Markle.

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32 MIA
Danish and Swedish pet form of Maria, which is also commonly used as an independent given name. Famous Mias include Australian singer Mia Dyson and actresses Mia Farrow and Mia Wasikowska.

33 NIA
Nia is a girl's name of Celtic Gaelic origin. It is a Welsh variant of Niamh, an Irish name meaning “bright”. Nia is also a Swahili name meaning "purpose".

34 NYA
A variation on Nia, the ‘y’ gives it a unique twist.

35 PIA
A Latin name meaning “pious, devout, prayerful”. Famous namesakes include Australian actress Pia Miranda and socialite Pia Getty.

36 RAE
Rae is short for Raelene, a Germanic word meaning “well-advised protector. Famous Rae’s include make-up artist Rae Morris and actress Issa Rae.

37 RAY
While traditionally used as a boy’s name, we love Ray for a girl – think ‘ray of sunshine’! Famous namesakes include singer Ray Charles.

38 SIA
Sia can be a variation of the many Old Norse names derived from the element sigr, victory. Most famous namesake is Australian singer Sia Furler.

39 SKY
A variant of Skye, which literally means “from the sky” or our upper atmosphere. Famous namesakes include actress Ione Skye.

40 SUE
Short for the once-popular girls name Susan, which is Hebrew for “graceful lily.” Famous Sues include British comedian Sue Perkins and novelist Sue Grafton.

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41 TEA
Tea is a feminine given name which is cognate to the names Theia, Thea and Téa. Famous Tea’s include actress Téa Leoni.

42 TIA
The name Tia is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Tia is: Goddess; godly. Also abbreviation of names like Althea and Dorothea.

43 ULA
The name Ula is a Celtic baby name. In Celtic the meaning of the name Ula is: Sea jewel.

44 UMA
Uma is a given name in various cultures. In India, it is the name of the Hindu goddess, who is more commonly known as Parvati. In Sanskrit the word umā can further mean "tranquillity", "splendour", "fame" and "night". In Hebrew and Aramaic its meaning is "nation". Famous namesakes include actress Uma Thurman.

45 UNA
The name Una is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Una is: Lamb; together. Famous Una’s include actress Una Stubbs and pop singer Una Healy.

46 VAL
Val is short for Valerie, a name of French origin meaning "strength, health". Famous Val’s include actresses Valerie Harper and Valerie Bertinelli.

47 VIV
Viv is short for Vivian or Vivienne, meaning “full of life.” Famous Vivs include actress Vivienne Leigh, immortalized in the Oscar-winning movie Gone With The Wind.

48 ZEL
Zel is an Aztec name given to a warrior, meaning "the one". Zel is also the twelfth letter in the Ottoman Turkish alphabet and the Romanian word for "zeal"

49 ZIA
Zia as a girl's name is of Arabic and Latin origin meaning "light or splendour". It also means “aunt” in Italian.

50 ZOE
A borrowing from the Greek, Zoe is derived from zōē (life). Famous Zoe’s include Zoe Saldana, Zoe Wanamaker and Zoe Ball.

Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.