A names – those that start with the letter A – have become the most widely used in the U.S., given to over 10 percent of all babies, more than double the proportion of children who were given A names in the 1950s.
You can peg the popularity of A names to pure fashion, and definitely, A names ranging from the classic Abigail and Alexander to the trendy Addison and Aiden have been on the rise for a couple of decades now. While this may be part of an overall trend toward vowel names, which are up across the board while most consonant-starting names are trending down, A is up the highest.
But there’s evidence that A names may be beneficial for your child in more substantial ways. A study by researchers at Yale and the University of California-San Diego found that students whose names begin with the letters A and B earn better grade point averages than those whose names start with C or D. And more law school students named Anna and Andrew tend to go to top-ranked universities like Stanford than those called Chris and Drew.
Even more significant, another study suggests that people with A names live longer – in some cases, as much as a decade longer – than those whose names start with the letter D. Scary, but compelling if you want to give your child every advantage in life.
- Alexander (4)
- Anthony (10)
- Aiden (12)
- Andrew (15)
- Angel (37)
- Aaron (54)
- Adrian (58)
- Austin (63)
- Aidan (72)
- Adam (74)
- Alex (83)
- Ayden (85)
Other fashionable A names for girls include:
And stylish choices for boys include:
A names further off the beaten track you might want to consider for girls include:
Some ideas of more distinctive A names for boys: