Adorable Baby Names That Start With A

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baby names that start with A

by Pamela Redmond Satran

A is hands-down the most popular first initial for baby names. Maybe that’s because parents know that children whose names start with A may do better in school (yes, really) or because A simply has an innate tendency to come in first.

You can find an A-starting name to love whether you favor popular names or those that are highly unusual, whether you want a traditional name or one that’s more contemporary. We’ve pulled a wide array of A names to showcase the possibilities.

Top 100

There are more names in the US Top 100 that start with A than with any other letter – 15 girls’ names and 11 for boys. In order of popularity, they are:

girls

Ava

Abigail

Amelia

Avery

Aubrey

Addison

Aria

Alexa

Audrey

Allison

Ashley

Alexis

Alice

Annabelle

Alyssa

boys

Alexander

Aiden

Anthony

Andrew

Aaron

Adrian

Angel

Austin

Adam

Asher

Ayden

 

Popular on Nameberry

The Nameberry Top 100 includes some additional fashion-forward selections not on the US Top 100…yet. These stylish A names we expect to be hearing much more of in years to come are:

girls

Aurora

Arabella

Adeline

Astrid

Aurelia

Amara

Adelaide

Anna

Ada

boys

Atticus

Axel

Aryan

Arthur

Archer

Abel

Alistair

Names That Fit In and Stand Out

From further down the US popularity list – in the 400 to 500 bracket, which means they were given to between 500 and 1000 babies in 2015 – are these names that hit the golden mean between popular and unusual.

girls

Ariella

April

Anaya

Annalise

Angelica

Abby

Addyson

Aleah

Alejandra

Aleena

Amara

Aubrie

Amari

Aisha

boys

Ari

Armando

Ace

Albert

Alec

Augustus

Alijah

Atlas

Ahmed

Arjun

Unique Baby Names

At the very bottom of the US popularity list are names given to only five babies. Over 400 of these unique girls’ names and nearly 200 of the boys’ names start with the letter A. These are the best of the A-starting names used for five babies last year.

girls

Abia

Adelis

Agathe

Amabella

Amadea

Amarillys

Ameline

Analuisa

Anandi

Anwyn

Araminta

Atalya

Aubren

Australia

Avabella

boys

Agostino

Aleph

Algernon

Alois

Amaro

Amedeo

Antonin

Aragon

Astor

Auburn

Azar

 

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Lindsb2224 Says:

July 14th, 2016 at 10:22 am

I have a friend who named their little girl Aven. It is elegant and beautiful, but I’ve never see it on any lists nor have I met another. Very unique!

catcher5 Says:

July 14th, 2016 at 2:35 pm

I love A names! Our oldest’s middle is Aaron, one of our daughters is Adelia. Another daughter has the middle Aveline. And Ari and August are on my hot list if we have another boy.

Cpwallawalla Says:

July 14th, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Love all the unusual boy names… Astor? Agostino? Very fresh. Also like Arjun, but would not probably pick it for my own kid since I am not Indian. I wish I were more comfortable borrowing names, but alas….

tfzolghadr Says:

July 16th, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Shouldn’t Azar be in the girls’ section??? It’s a Persian girls’ name, not generally used for boys. Aryan is interesting, but I don’t think it’s very usable unless you are Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, etc. It’s still just a bit too neo-Nazi… I’m glad to see Antonin on the list…

LuMary Says:

July 17th, 2016 at 3:25 pm

I don’t think I saw Asa or Abraham on your boy lists. I’ve seen somewhat of a resurgence of these choices, particularly Asa, along with Ezra and Moses in evangelical Christian circles. I’ve seen one Boaz. Still hoping for Ebenezer, Jabez, and Bartholomew.

Abiel is another biblical A.

Maybe there will be even more Alexanders given the Hamilton craze, unless Hamilton itself is revived.

st8cfab Says:

July 17th, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Amadea is beautiful! Very classy yet unique.

sunshineRainbow Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 10:35 pm

I love ‘A’ names, myself & my siblings have ‘A’ names… there’s something so strong and alpha about male A names, and something sweet and innocent about girl A names.

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