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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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  • Angelina

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    The gorgeous Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of her name and changed Angelina's image from delicate to intense, from older Italian mama to stylish multi-cultural child. Kids might relate... Read More 

  • Anna

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    Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple years. Anna offers a touch of the exotic and a bit more style th... Read More 

  • Annabel

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    Annabel is a spirited name that embodies quirky British gentility, and is gaining increading favor in the U.S. in the wake of the mega-popular Isabel. Appearing in Scotland as early as the twelfth ... Read More 

  • Antonia

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    Antonia is stronger than most feminized boys' names, reflecting the pioneer spirit of Willa Cather's classic novel My Antonia . Antonia has recently fallen off the Top 1000, which is an excellent r... Read More 

  • Arabella

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    Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now nearing the Top 200, as more and more parents see it as a distinctive... Read More 

  • Archer

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    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald to get to t... Read More 

  • Arden

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    Arden, the name of the magical forest in Shakespeare's As You Like It , is poised to join the other 'A' names on the popularity list, with its strong, straightforward image. Another reason to love... Read More 

  • Arianna

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    A smooth, exotic choice, Arianna's on the rise with both single and double 'r's and 'n's. Single 'r' Arianna is these days associated with Greek-born blog queen Arianna Huffington. Arianna has bee... Read More 

  • Ariel

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    Ariel is a biblical name, seen there as the messenger of Ezra, and also used as a symbolic name for the city of Jerusalem, while Shakespeare used it for a (male) sprite in The Tempest . For girls... Read More 

  • Arlo

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    Arlo, strongly associated with shaggy singer Arlo Guthrie, has an animated and cheery feel, thanks to its upbeat o ending. Some Arlo-lovers these days might be more inspired by "Justified" 's anti-... Read More 

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