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Baby Names: A New Wave of “A” Names

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Baby names that start with the letter A have been on the rise for several years now. with choices such as Ava and Aiden high on the popularity list, Asher and Adelaide rising fast, and names such as Abel and Aurora poised to take off.

In our last blog about names that start with A, we pointed out all the reasons parents love them: Besides their high fashion status along with other vowel names, studies show that children whose first names begin with A might earn higher marks in school, get into better colleges, and even live longer.

In that 2010 post, we listed A baby names on the Most Popular list along with those that were becoming more stylish.  But the appetite for A names is so healthy that parents are searching for ever-newer and fresher varieties.  Nameberry’s behind-the-scenes popularity data shows a wave of unusual A names attracting interest from baby namers.

Hot new A names you might not have considered before include:

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Abilene

Abitha

Acadia

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African American baby playing with the letter A

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.

A names account for  20 entries on the girls’ Top 100, up from only five (Ann, Anne, Anna, Anita, and Alice) in 1950.  They are, in order of rank with their standing in parentheses, for girls:

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