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.

The hottest A baby names today:

  • Angelina

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Anna

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Annabel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Antonia is stronger than most feminized boys' names, reflecting the pioneer spirit of Willa Cather's classic novel My Antonia. Antonia is hovering near the bottom of the US popularity... Read More 

  • Arabella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Archer

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Arden

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Arianna

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A smooth, exotic choice, Arianna's on the rise with both single and double 'r's and 'n's. Single 'r' double 'n' Arianna -- the second most popular version of the name -- is these days associated... Read More 

  • Ariel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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. ... Read More 

  • Arlo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Arlo has many possible derivations: possibly a shortened form of Italian name Carlo, in Basque-speaking regions it is the word for area, and in English, Arlo was first used in the 16th Century by... Read More 

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