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A is the hottest first initial around these days, with many baby names that start with A rising most quickly up the ranks. Why? It's partly an overall fashion for vowel baby names and partly that we associate the letter A with excellence. And studies prove that children whose names start with A actually do better in school than those whose names begin with D or F.

The hottest A baby names today:

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  • Abel

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    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing. Abel has literary connections to the novels of Dickens an... Read More 

  • Abigail

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    Abigail, an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers -- that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, leading to a fal... Read More 

  • Abner

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    This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century, but... Read More 

  • Abraham

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    Abraham was the first of the Old Testament patriarchs and is considered the founding father of the Jewish people. He was originally named Abram, until, according to Genesis, he was told "No longer ... Read More 

  • Acacia

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    Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek nature name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on with baby namers. The acacia is a sh... Read More 

  • Ada

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    Ada was a favorite at the end of the nineteenth century that has started to come back in the past few years. Some may seek it out as an alternative to the overpopular Ava, and it's also part of the... Read More 

  • Adelaide

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    Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly-popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl fo... Read More 

  • Adeline

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    Adeline's has a lovely, old-fashioned "Sweet Adeline" charm, and is a less-used cousin of the trendy Madeline. Adeline was introduced to England by the Normans in the eleventh century, was very co... Read More 

  • Aiden

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    Aiden has been a spectacular name success story--especially if all its various spellings were to be added together. Aiden cracked the Top 10 in 2010 and remained there until 2013, when it dropped t... Read More 

  • Alec

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    Alec, though an old nickname for Alexander, is much fresher sounding than Alex, with the additional advantage of not being unisex--there are as many girl Alexes these days as there are boys. Alec ... Read More 

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