Baby Names: A New Wave of “A” Names
Baby names that start with the letter A have been on the rise for several years now. with choices such as Ava and Aiden high on the popularity list, Asher and Adelaide rising fast, and names such as Abel and Aurora poised to take off.
In our last blog about names that start with A, we pointed out all the reasons parents love them: Besides their high fashion status along with other vowel names, studies show that children whose first names begin with A might earn higher marks in school, get into better colleges, and even live longer.
In that 2010 post, we listed A baby names on the Most Popular list along with those that were becoming more stylish. But the appetite for A names is so healthy that parents are searching for ever-newer and fresher varieties. Nameberry’s behind-the-scenes popularity data shows a wave of unusual A names attracting interest from baby namers.
Hot new A names you might not have considered before include:
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on March 22nd, 2012 at 2:19 am
Great list! I love the names Amanita, Adalie, Ariadne, Arya, and Arbor; also Avi, Avram, Avner, and Alistair. You included many Jewish names – thank you!
on March 22nd, 2012 at 8:30 am
I like ‘A’ names but prefer them in the middle. AM is a lousy set of initials to me! (PM isn’t much better).
From this list, I like these: Aida, Amalie (shouldn’t it be Amelie?), Annora, Antonina, Apollonia & Aviva for girls. And: Absalom, Alasdair, Aldo, Anselm, Apollo, Art, Asa & Aurelio for boys.
Also, I think Ashby & Auburn are far more boyish and don’t think they belong on the girls list. Sorry! 😀
My very favorite ‘A’ names are Araminta & Ambrose though. Not on the list. 🙂
on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:26 am
@Lola – my parents didn’t really think through first and last initials very much because Mum is PM, my older brother is AM and my little sister is HM!! And I’m the only one that finds this funny. 😛
on March 22nd, 2012 at 10:26 am
I second, nice to see so many Jewish names. I went to school with an Abitha, so it’s nice to see that too. I love Avi as a nn, and you can use it for Avner, Avram, and Avshalom, as well as Aviya.
I think Auburn would be a dangerous name to have in the South, depending on which neighbourhood you lived in (lol), unless of course you had children named Crimson Tide, Gator, and Seminole too.
I love Amalia and Apollonia, and Alasdair (my favourite spelling), Alexei, and Archibald (a new crush). Names you didn’t list but that I love are Alba, Allwyn, Arsene, Althea, and Artemas.
on March 22nd, 2012 at 11:25 am
I love Aphra as it was the name of one of the first English female writers to be published (Aphra Behn). I also love Aliza but find myself more attracted to the “uh-LYE-zuh” pronunciation instead of the correct “uh-LEE-zuh”. Arbor and Auburn would be better in the middle spot. For the boys, Asa is one of my favourite Biblical names. I like the unisex Afton,the spunky Aldo, the Scottish Alasdair, the romantic Armand and a new crush – the mythological Apollo nn Poe!
on March 22nd, 2012 at 11:52 am
I love so many of these, especially Andromeda, Aloisa, Alasdair and Alexei. My favourite obscure A name, though, is Arianwen. So beautiful, if a bit of a mouthful!
Oh, and my initials are AM. It’s never really bothered me at all. In fact, I don’t think I’ve actually ever noticed the whole AM/PM thing until now 🙂
on March 22nd, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Half of my top ten girl names start with A. Anastasia, Anna, Ashlyn, Athena, Aurora. I also like Alia, Agatha, Adelina, Addie, Adelyn, Aubrey, Ann/Annie, Alicia, Aiofe, Ayanna, April.
on March 22nd, 2012 at 7:21 pm
Love seeing all these different choices for A names, here. My first name is Arminda, though my parents decided to go with a nn. Growing up, I often got reactions like “Oh, that’s different,” or “That’s interesting.” Not sure if those were sometimes polite ways of saying they didn’t really like it, but I’ve always felt proud of it (especially since it connects me to a great-grandmother and a great-great-aunt on both sides of the family). I fully intend to pass it on, if I have a second girl. Very glad to see such support and enthusiasm for the “different” and “interesting” A names.
on March 22nd, 2012 at 7:31 pm
I totally think Aida is going to rise a lot in 20-30 years when all the Aiden/Aidan/Aaden/Ayden ect. grow up and want to name their daughters after themselves – but the ‘girly’ Ayden sounds dated.
on March 22nd, 2012 at 7:57 pm
I also love Araminta. It will be my future daughter’s middle name.
on March 22nd, 2012 at 8:03 pm
Nice list (especially being an A myself)! Aquilla (or Aquila) is a male name, though after both clicking on it and searching it on Nameberry, it looks like it may be crossing over. It’s a New Testament name meaning “eagle.” And in spite of the temptation, Aquila’s name doesn’t rhyme with his wife’s, which was Priscilla! The accent is on the first syllable. And yes, Afton is unisex.
on March 25th, 2012 at 1:48 pm
I love Anand and Ananda, too – and especially their happy meaning.
on March 25th, 2012 at 2:25 pm
I love Archibald but I’m afraid it’s a lot of name for a little one to carry. Also, I don’t think I’ll ever get my husband on board with it.
on March 28th, 2012 at 12:56 pm
I’ve always been drawn towards A names, there are so many wonderful choices. The new A names for girls that I’ve heard recently are:
Afton (I know 2 little girls named Afton)
on August 14th, 2012 at 3:09 am
My initial’s are A.A so i have a lot of ‘a’ letter’s in my name. My favorite ‘A’ name’s are Ava, Amely, Autymn, Arial and Amandla
on March 14th, 2014 at 7:07 pm
How about Afton? I chose this old-fashioned moniker for my girl, and couldn’t be happier.
on March 14th, 2014 at 7:09 pm
I just read the second to last comment! Too funny. <3 maybe it's time for it to be added to more lists.
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