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Great A Baby Names for Girls

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By Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain

Heartbroken that Addison and Amelia are so popular?  Did your best friend just name her daughter Aria Alexandra, stealing two of your long-time favorites?  Never fear!  Here are some of my favorite A names for girls – and none of them currently rank in the US Top 1000.

Ariadne – In Greek myth, she helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur.  Top 100 choices Arianna and Ariana are derived from the same roots, but Ariadne is seldom heard in the English-speaking world.  But why not?  If Penelope can catch on, why not this clever heroine?

Avalon – Yes, there’s the Toyota.  But long before Henry Ford introduced the Model T, Avalon was paradise in Arthurian legend.  Today she reads like a fresh take on Ava, or maybe an alternative to Eden.

Antonella – As regal as Alexandra, she’s an elaboration of Antonia that has surfaced in some very stylish circles.

Agatha– It’s been sixty years since Agatha cracked the US Top 1000.  Now that granny chic choices like Hazel and Lydia are mainstream, parents are looking for the next wave of revival possibilities.  Could Aggie join Addie and Abby on the playground?  Maybe …

Atlanta– This place name was rumored to be on the Beckhams’ shortlist for baby #4.  The power couple went with Harper instead, but this American place name has much to recommend it.  She’s as Southern as Savannah, but far less expected.

Arcadia– A region of ancient Greece, and a popular place name today, Arcadia symbolizes the unspoiled natural world in poetry.  It makes her a possibility right at home with so many nature names.

Azalea – Speaking of nature names, how ’bout Azalea?  The colorful blooms are known world-wide, and she’s got a modern, upbeat sound.  The French Azelie might be an even more exotic possibility – and one with religious overtones, thanks to the Blessed Marie-Azelie, mother of Saint Therese of Lisieux.

AderynOne more nature name, this time borrowed from the Welsh word for bird.  Think of her as a compromise between Adeline and Wren.  The only trouble?  Her pronunciation.  Emphasis is on the middle syllable, which could be confusing.

Adair – Here’s a surname name that’s easy to pronounce.  Adair is Scottish, related to the given name Edgar.  While this one is probably gender-neutral, it brings to mind Dead Like Me’s Daisy Adair – which definitely makes this one lean girl if you remember the character.

What are your favorite A names for girls?

Abby Sandel runs the popular website Appellation Mountain and contributes the weekly Nameberry 9, rounding up the names in the news, for us every Monday.

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio.
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ottilie Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 5:12 am

I love Arcadia and Ariadne most of the ones you mentioned. Avalon is gorgeous too, I might use it as a middle some day.

My other favourite a-names are Alcyone, Atalanta, Amoret, Amarantha (That She Would Dishevel Her Hair!), Angharad, Arianrhod, Aurora and Argante. And Angelica and Astraea too.

LatterDayMommy Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 11:43 am

I have recently noticed that I seem to disproportionately favor A-names for girls. Some of my favorites include Aurelie, Amarie, Aurora, Alouette and Avril.

Whirligig Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 11:49 am

Ariadne is darling!

Vivica Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Agatha and Adair are gorgeous. My favorite female A-names also include Adelie, Amaris, Apolline, Aster and Aura.

maggiefromcanada Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Ariadne and Arcadia are lovely. My favourite A names are Anastasia, Amalia, and simple but beautiful Anna.

rosamonte Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Agatha is my favorite from this list. I know a little Antonella and I like that name, too. Aida would be on my list if we ever had another child. I also like Aldana, Alma and Araceli.

klutes Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Adaline, Agusta, Alice, Allegra, Anabella and Aoife are my all time favorite “A” names! Although, only Alice and Aoife have ever made the first name list.

MeleriHaf Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

When I was a teenager, I came across the name Adair in a book and thought it looked sleek and sophisticated–but I never knew how to say it! I still don’t. My head says with an long a (A-dahr), but it could also be uh-DARE, or uh-DIRE or A-dire. Yup. Not necessarily easy to pronounce.

slotowngirl Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I’ve always thought Avila would be adorable on a girl. And of course I’m partial to Adair as its my maiden name. 🙂

makeupbyjanine Says:

May 18th, 2013 at 4:09 am

Any A-name that could shorten to Addy is off my list, as my toddler knows about ten “Addys”: Addison, Adeline, Adeleide, Adele, etc.

Recently I know babies named Adalie, Alma, and Anistyn (born today).

I like Allegra, Amity, Amelie, Althea, and Aviva too.

WaltzingMoreThanMatilda Says:

May 19th, 2013 at 12:51 am

Ooh, some of these are gorgeous! Ariadne, Avalon, Arcadia and Azalea are quite magical.

Andromeda is another lovely A name.

tori101 Says:

May 19th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Love Ariadne, Azalea, and Avalon!

I also really like Amity, Aurelia, Aurelie, Aurora, Angelica, Avril/April, and Aviva.

tori101 Says:

May 19th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Along with Amelie of course : )

There are probably loads more of A names that I adore.

stacielynne Says:

June 28th, 2013 at 1:37 am

Even though there common I like Alexa, Alexis and Alexandria because I love the nick name Alex for girl. Annalise, Annaleigh, Anastasia, and Arlette are also nice

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

June 30th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

@MeleriHaf – Daisy, on the show Dead Like Me that’s mentioned in the article, has several scenes where she introduces herself “Daisy. Daisy Adair”. She pronounces it “uh-dare” so when I saw it in the article, that’s how I pronounced it in my head.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

June 30th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

@MeleriHaf – Also, Daisy, in the show is very, VERY girly so, I agree with the article, I saw it immediately as a potential girl name. I don’t know others’ association with it, but if I saw it on a roster, I’d assume girl before boy.

rainierloner Says:

November 2nd, 2013 at 10:28 am

I think Aurora should be on this list. It is a rising name– not to popular, but not unheard of. Aurora is a girly name and comes with cute boyish nickname Rory. I would sue this on my daughter in an instant.

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