Is a two letter name...too short?

Is the name Ev too short? This was the bale of my doll growing up and it was an honor name for a cousin. I still like this name and always thought I would have a daughter named Ev. Thoughts? (I don’t like names where “Ev” would be the nickname such as [name_u]Everly[/name_u], [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u], [name_f]Evangeline[/name_f].)

[name_m]How[/name_m] do you pronounce it? I think it depends a bit on the pronunciation, but generally is a two letter name usable all though not something I would personally prefer

I don’t like it, but I just think it’s personal preference. In my opinion, names this short just feel like they lack something.

Ehv- like the first syllable of [name_u]Ever[/name_u].

I’m not personally a fan, simply because it sounds like a diminutive. Names such as [name_f]Io[/name_f] have a rich history and so seem better able to hold their own. If someone told me they were called Ev, I would immediately assume it was short for something like [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] or [name_f]Heather[/name_f]. There’s nothing wrong with it, although it isn’t to my taste, but be prepared for people to ask if ‘that’s all of it’.

I love Ev. I think Ev is usable, but personally, I think it seems more like a nickname than a complete name.

I actually love [name_f]Io[/name_f] ”

Generally speaking, I agree with @eireann that most two-letter names just seem too short to be used in real life, as if they’re lacking something. I think whether or not they “work” sound-wise to me (they all look too short) has to do with pet names vs. nicknames. Two-letter names like [name_m]Ty[/name_m] and [name_m]Cy[/name_m] are starting to gain popularity but I see those as nicknames (shortened versions of full names that people actually go by. For example, my name is [name_f]Abigael[/name_f] but I go by [name_u]Abby[/name_u] 99.99% of the time). To me, Ev is a pet name. It’s a shortened name but it’s something only a friend or relative would call them (for example, my roommate calls me Abs and while I answer to it, I’d never introduce myself this way).

I hope this makes sense…

In my opinion I wouldn’t go with a short name like that, simply because when the kid’s older she might not like the name. I always like longer names so that you can go with a nickname or just the regular name so that the kid has some options. Again, just my personal opinion.

Thank you! I would pair it with a longer middle to help even it out!

I know a couple of people with one (yes, one!) and two letter first names and they have a bear of a time with formal paperwork. Lots of official documents don’t accept names shorter than three letters and it gives them so much grief. Ev is a really pretty nickname but for simplicity perhaps you could find a longer version that you like enough to use on paper, but still use Ev to refer to your daughter :slight_smile:

I love [name_f]Io[/name_f] too :smiley:

Ev, I can see a lot of people mishearing it as F.

I think it could work! I really enjoyed seeing [name_f]Io[/name_f] recently- Two letter names are very cool.

I love it, I love short/simple names that are unique and different.
I have a ‘[name_u]Sonny[/name_u]’ and get many compliments, I also get others who think its a nickname/not a name…
Each to their own…
The only concern may be how to pronounce it? What are you thinking for a middle name?


Definitely sounds like a nickname. It’s cutesy, and I don’t think it would work on a professional adult. Also, many online forms have a minimum number of letters for names, often three. Could cause a problem.
Would it be possible to use this as a middle name, and use that as a nickname?

I find it too short and incomplete personally.

It seems a bit short- could you do [name_f]Eve[/name_f] and just pronounce it Ehv?

Pretty sure that the [name_m]French[/name_m] pronunciation of [name_f]Eve[/name_f] is “Ev”

I don’t think two letter names are too short per se, names like [name_f]Io[/name_f] or [name_u]Bo[/name_u] seem fine to me. But Ev seems rather unfinished, like something’s missing. I’d go with a longer name, like [name_f]Eve[/name_f] or [name_f]Eva[/name_f] and maybe use Ev as a nickname.

The only two letters name that I am familiar with, and therefore makes it feels like a stand alone name in my mind, is [name_f]Io[/name_f]. The rest… idk. Ev seems incomplete to me. I have the urge to add another e and make it [name_f]Eve[/name_f], but I realise it’s not the pronunciation you want. Ev (Ehv), to me, feels more like a nickname.