Category: baby names that start with A
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.
Everybody loves the letter A.
A is the most common first initial for baby names today. Many of the most popular baby names start with A, including Ava, Abigail, and Amelia for girls, and Alexander, Andrew, and the Aiden constellation for boys. And then there are all the fast-rising names that begin with A, from the Game of Thrones-inspired Arya to the biblical Asher to the hot celebrity names Anson and Azalea.
Why is A so favored? The fact that it’s first may have something to do with giving it an image of primacy and importance. And then there are the studies that say people whose names begin with A are more likely to earn As in school and may even live longer.
That makes a lot of good reasons to want to choose an A name for your baby. But what are the best A names that are not overused or on their way to becoming too popular?
We combed the nearly 3500 unusual baby names that start with A on Nameberry to find the best choices below the Top 1000. Here, our 100 favorites:
The Nameberry Nine by Abby Sandel
Let’s talk about vowels.
The letter A is wildly popular, #1 for girls and #2 for boys according to the most recent analysis at Nancy’s Baby Names. As I looked through this week’s birth announcements and baby name news, it seemed like the letter A is everywhere.
E trails a few places behind A, fifth overall for girls and eighth for boys.
It wasn’t always like this. Look at the data for the 1920s or 1950s. None of the Top Ten names for either gender start with a vowel. But in recent years, names like Andrew, Ethan, Emma, Olivia, Abigail, and Isabella have dominated the lists of most common names.
A has a strong lead, with Alexander, Ava, and Aiden in the current Top Ten. Our affection isn’t limited to the first letter of the alphabet.Owen, Eli, Isaiah, and Easton are all rapidly rising favorites for our sons. For daughters, there’s Eva and Ella, plus lots of names with the Ev- and El– sound, and up-and-comers like Isla and Olive.
The vowel-centric names in the baby name news last week included:
Italy – Parents continue to search the map for meaningful, attractive place names for their children. Italy is an intriguing option. She’s part-Avery, part-Isabelle, and very much a destination with a positive vibe. For Real Baby Names spotted a birth announcement for Italy Margie Anne, but I think this is a gender neutral possibility.
For the Kardashians, it’s K.
The Duggars famously love baby names that start with J.
For the biggest group of contemporary parents, it’s A.
What’s YOUR favorite first letter for baby names?