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.
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:
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:
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.
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.