A+ Baby Names

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. <p> The hottest A baby names today:
  • Alexa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Alexa -- the simple and most feminine form of the Alexandra-Alexis group -- has retained its staying power. It entered the popularity list in 1973, and had been in the Top 50 for the last five... Read More 

  • Alexander

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991, and is still at a high Number 8. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spinoffs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan -- not to mention... Read More 

  • Alistair

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    With many British names invading the Yankee name pool, the sophisticated Alistair could and should be part of the next wave. You have a triple choice with this name--the British spell it Alistair... Read More 

  • Amelia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, with a heroic connection to aviatrix Amelia Earhart, is one of the fastest-rising girls' names as an alternative to the overused Emily and Amanda, jumping 169... Read More 

  • Amias

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Amias or Amyas is an obscure name with an attractive sound and feel and a lovely meaning. Though it might sound like a Biblical name, it is not, but is a surname that may be related to Amadeus or... Read More 

  • Amory

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Amory is the kind of executive-sounding surname name that became popular in the 1990s. Amory Blaine is the protagonist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, This Side of Paradise.Read More 

  • Amos

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Amos has been shunned since the 1930s due to its association with racially stereotyped characters on the radio and TV show "Amos 'n' Andy," but we think it's time to move beyond that dated image... Read More 

  • Anais

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Anais is an unusual, exotic name forever attached to the daring French-born American novelist and diarist Anais Nin (born Angela, with middle name Anais), who was the inspiration for the naming of... Read More 

  • Anastasia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Anastasia is no longer a forbidding regal Russian name, but is now seen as a viable -- and increasingly popular -- American option, elegantly beautiful.

    Anastasia's greatest claim to... Read More 

  • Anderson

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Anderson has been shooting up in popularity, no doubt in large part due to the prominence of white-haired cable newsman Anderson Cooper, son of Gloria Vanderbilt. Perhaps surprisingly though,... Read More 

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