Your Favorite Baby Names Initial
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?
You may not necessarily have chosen all your children’s names starting with this letter. You may love baby names starting with other letters. You may not ever have even thought about your favorite baby name initial.
But we’re asking you to think about it now.
If you had to choose, what would be your favorite first letter for baby names? Bonus points for telling us why!
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on February 6th, 2013 at 12:57 am
I’m all over the map on boy names, but E definitely reigns for me with girl names– Emmeline, Evangeline, Eden, Evelyn, Edith, Etta… the list goes on and on. It’s not a conscious decision, but it’s usually where I land.
on February 6th, 2013 at 12:59 am
O. Definitely O. I adore Odessa, Ophelia, Ondine, Orpheus… I also love I. Isannah, Inigo, Ismay…I definitely prefer certain letters.
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:14 am
My top 3 are M, C, and S. My definite favorite is C.
From M, I like Madeline, my own name, Maxwell, Micah, Matthew, Michelle, Marie, Mallory and Malia.
From S, I like Stella, Seth, Sophie, and Scarlet. But Stella is pretty much my favorite name.
From C, I like Chloe, Christian, Colton, Connor, Clara, Cora, Caleb, Constance, Clayton, and Carina, which is my other favorite girl name.
I like A and E names as well. ( Andrew, Ella, aria, Alexandra, Arthur, Elizabeth, Ethan, and Aaron.)
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:32 am
I’m right on trend with my love of “E” names. I don’t really have a reason for it; I just happen to love a lot of “E” names. I like a lot of “C” names, too. My favorites are Eldridge, Everett, Eloise, Eliora & Eva. For the “C”s I like Clara, Clementine, Charles, Christopher & Calvin. Depending on how many children I have, I will most likely use many of those names.
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:32 am
Mine our M or C.
M- Madigan, Marnie, Mason, Morgaine, Maeve, and Margaret.
C- Caelyn, Carter, Caden, Carrick, Constance, Colette, Ciara,
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:34 am
Looking at my girls’ list, it’s M; for boys, J–which I’m pretty sure are the two most popular name initials there are for their respective genders, even though my choices skew towards Judah and Marigold instead of Jayden and Madison. For guilty pleasures, my absolute all-time favorite initial is V. Valo, Valentine, Vesper, Vale, and even megapopular Violet…mmm. I love V names.
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:59 am
A names seem to be so popular amongst my family and friends (and myself). I love the name Alice, but I’m not sure I’ll choose it because of the proliferation of A names at the moment. My cousins children are named Alex, Amelia, Angus and Anna (and Elsa). My SIL’s daughter is Alexa Alison and my friend’s children are Alex and Ava. So I don’t want to be just another A name!
on February 6th, 2013 at 2:08 am
I forgot to say why I liked C. I like it because it gives the name a more classic feel for me. Ex: klayton vs clayton or kaleb vs Caleb, or Chloe vs khloe. It’s not as common of a choice, and I just happen to love most C names! I have several C names in my family, Colleen, multiple Charles, Clovis, Christine, and that might have drawn my eye to the letter. Maybe it’s just the look and sound of the names that appeal to me. Also I love Colette and Camille. You just can’t go wrong with C in my case.
on February 6th, 2013 at 3:01 am
I don’t have a first letter fetish
I have a last
For me, that is e
on February 6th, 2013 at 3:10 am
I had no clue what my favourite letters were before this post. It forced me to go through my lists and look for patterns. A very clear one emerged.
I like vowel names for boys and consonant names for girls. Such as Alistair, Archie, Elliot and Oliver vs. Dorothy and Deirdre, Mabel and Meredith, Poppy and Pearl. With G as my guilty pleasure choice (Gretchen, Gwen and Ginger).
on February 6th, 2013 at 3:53 am
I like the letter L but not so much as a first letter (or the ‘El’ starting names) but I like a lot of names that contain it.
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:03 am
I love the f (or f sound) for the start like freya felicity felix phoebe..but i love o endings like hugo indigo arlo….
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:49 am
For my boys it’s used to be E: Elijah, Edmund, Edison, Ellison, Elias, Elyan etc.
For my girls it used to be R: Riley, Rebekah, Roxanne, Ramona, Roberta, Rachel, Rae etc.
I’m more varied nowadays though 🙂
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:51 am
I have often been drawn to M names. The M names I prefer are classic and timeless in feel regardless of where they originate from. They are neither very aged nor trendy. Margaret, Marian, Maeve, Marisol, Melina, Mila, for boys, Montgomery, Morgan, Maxfield, Malcolm.
on February 6th, 2013 at 5:03 am
For me it’s always been I – I’ve always disliked the trend of naming all your children with the same initial, but I just happen to love so many I names! Isla, Indigo, Ianthe/Iolanthe, Isabelle…
on February 6th, 2013 at 5:49 am
E: Eamon and Eloise
on February 6th, 2013 at 6:46 am
I have favourite letters, but they don’t correspond with the first initials of my favourite names at all.
I like O and P but my children’s names start with T, J and F.
Looking at my list, the most prevalent names are definitely I names.
on February 6th, 2013 at 7:26 am
I have a current love affair with H names: Hermione, Hazel, Harry, Heath, Harvey, etc.
on February 6th, 2013 at 7:47 am
S is for me. Susannah, Sierra, Serena, Sarai, Sadie, Seren, Sasha, Sage, Sakura, Saskia, Shiloh, Shiva, Skye, Savannah, Sebastian, Seth, Solomon, Simon, Shane, Sean, Storm and Soren are all among my favorites.
on February 6th, 2013 at 7:58 am
I would say either S or A for girls, and J or G for boys. I have more A names overall, but I like the S names I have more. J and G are just because two of my favorite boy names are Jasper and Gage.
on February 6th, 2013 at 8:53 am
I love A, C, and E names most, which is especially noticeable in my favorite boys combo Archer Cole (surname starts with E haha). But my fave names all mainly start with these letters from Arietta, Avery, Connor, Calder, Christopher, Cohen, Cade, Emma, Elisabetta, etc <3
on February 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am
P for sure! I could name a duggar sized family with ( here is my duggar family with birth order just like theirs)
1. Percy (M)
2,3. Penelope (F), Phoenix (M)
4. Piper (F)
5. Pearl (F)
6. Persephone (F)
7. Preston (M)
8. Penn (M)
9. Poppy (F)
10, 11. Piers (M) Phineas (M)
12. Peter (M)
13. Pacey (M)
14. Pax (M)
15. Pascal (M)
16. Primrose (F)
17. Pepper (F)
18. Phoebe (F)
19. Posy (F)
20. Pomeline (F)
on February 6th, 2013 at 8:55 am
#20 is just because
on February 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am
I never thought about this before because it was never overly obvious for me. But for boy names it is tied between A and C:
For Girls, C is the winner:
My name starts with a C and my hubby’s starts with an A…. go figure.
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:05 am
Looking at my list, I have lots of C, E and M names for girls. For boys, I’m all over the map!
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am
For girls, I love just about every name beginning with E: Elizabeth, Eleanor, Evangeline, Elowen, Eliza, and Elodie. A and C are close seconds though.
For boys, it’s a tie between J and M: James and Josiah or Matthias and Malachi.
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am
Looking through my favorites, I don’t seem to have a letter preference, but my husband only likes girls’ names that end with a hard constant sound.
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:19 am
E! Emmett, Elliot, Everett, Eugene, Ewan, Evelyn, Ever, Evie, Eliza, Emlyn, Elowen. Too bad my last name also starts with E. I have also (grudgingly) relented Evelyn (my #1 for girls) to my best friend. It just wouldn’t go with my last name. And if I can’t use it, at least someone can 🙂
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:45 am
My favorites are spread out all over the alphabet, but I’m drawn to some letters because I love the way they look.
I have a thing for what I call “sharp” letters (like A, H, M, N, X, Y, etc): lots of vertical/diagonal lines, sharp angles, plenty of peaks and valleys. It might be because my own name is loaded with them. The “round” letters (curvy, like S, C, B) and “flat” letters (horizontal tops and bottoms, like E, I, J, T) don’t attract me the same way.
I seem to have a gender bias of sorts with these letters, too. My girl list is dominated by round and flat letters: Iris, Bridget, Bonnie, Catherine, Rose. My boy list, including my son’s first and middle names, is almost all sharp: Noah, Harrison, Malcolm, Vincent, Aaron, Wesley.
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:55 am
I usually love A, E and S names for girls. Atrella, Avalon, Altalune, Emerald, Echo, Emmanuelle. Silver, Senara, Story, Snow, Seraphine. But right now I am crushing on F names (Fia, Faina, Faye, Faunia) and H names, because our surname starts with H and I love alliteration. (Helena, Hero, Hera, Hila, Hespera.)
For boys, I am all over the map!
on February 6th, 2013 at 11:17 am
On my list of favorite names, E is the most common first initial. For instance, I really like Elodie, Evangeline, and Ezra. G and C are tied for second. I especially like Genesis, Geneva, Gabriel, Caroline, Carter, and Clark. While S, A, and L are tied for third. From these I especially like Serenade, Seraphina, Sage, Aurelia, Amelia, Arden, Liberty, Liv, and Lydia.
on February 6th, 2013 at 11:31 am
My favorite letter has long been ‘L.’ I am very happy to have it for my own middle initial.
I’d like to be in love with more ‘L’ girl names, but it seems I actually find more boy names I consider usable with this initial: Laurence, Leopold, Llewellyn….
And, I must admit that I could name my whole family with ‘A’ names. I don’t know why–it’s not to be “trendy”–I guess it just has a soft and sophisticated sound at the same time!
on February 6th, 2013 at 11:43 am
It’s definitely A and M for girls. I love names like Anna, Ava, Aria, Ariana, Autumn, and Alice, as well as Molly, Mallory, Maura, Madison, and Maeve.
For boy’s it’s a lot harder, but probably C or E. Loving Connor, Caleb, Cole, Curran, Callum and Evan, Eamon, Edgar, Eli, and Everett.
on February 6th, 2013 at 11:52 am
I like “W” but have a hard time loving the names. Our son is a “W” but that’s about all I could do.
I’m loving “E” names, but mine starts with an E, so that might be why. Especially for girls. I played that Duggar Name game, and was surprised by how many “E”s I came up with that didn’t sound the same (no Emmerson, Emily, Emmett, or Emma).
on February 6th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
Just went through my lists and found that I am definitely drawn to C names for girls and L & T names for boys – and L & S names as middle names
on February 6th, 2013 at 12:13 pm
I like vowel initials. My least favourite is K. I think it is just because it looks ‘wrong’ maybe because it is used for yooneek names and not many words begin with it. I like names starting with A E and M which is a bit freaky because that was my class name in my previous school. I think is mostly depends on the colour of the letters and I am drawn to vowels because they are brightly coloured and not harsh. If that all makes sense.
on February 6th, 2013 at 12:14 pm
I haven’t even thought of it like that, a favorite initial. I think I’d like to have no repeated first initials either, for monogramming and easy reference. However, i was going through the alphabet and picking my favorite name for each letter, and i had the hardest time picking one per sex for the letter T. W was next hardest. Two letters i wouldn’t have guessed if I didn’t make the whole list per initial!
on February 6th, 2013 at 12:37 pm
I love Ks, Ys, Os, Vs and Ls.
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm
My favourite letter for boys is “L” simply for the variety of choices: Laurence, Leo, Lionel, Louis, Lorcan, Locke, Lucian, Lysander etc…I also like “J” names: Josiah, Joseph, Jabez, Jack/John, James, Japheth, Jasper, Jove, Jerome, Jonah etc…
For girls, the multitude of options in the letters “A”, “C” and “M” are appealing to me.
“A” Names – Abigail, Agatha, Aphra, Artemis, Ada, Adeline, Adrienne, Alida, Alice…
“C” Names – Camille, Corinne, Constance, Charlotte, Caroline, Catherine, Casilda, Carina, Carmen, Cecily, Claire/Clara, Clementine…
“M” Names – Mabel, Marguerite/Margaret, Millicent, Mary, Madeleine, Mahalia, Maeve, Mavis, Mae, Mirabel, Maren, Margot, Marina, Marian, Meraud, Margery, Mariel, Marnie, Minna, Marlowe, Matilda, Maude, Morgan, Myrna, Mireille, Meredith, Murielle…
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
Mine are different for each gender. For boys, C is definitely the letter: Cormac, Conrad, Cedric and Clyde are all in my top ten. For girls, I love M names. Margot, Matilda, Mireille, Miriam, Marion, Maeve, Maude…. the list goes on.
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
I would have to say S when it comes to girls names.
And the list goes on. For boys, I would have to say the letter is B
on February 6th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
I like A.
on February 6th, 2013 at 2:01 pm
I love the letters E, R and L but not necessarily as the first letter. I supremely dislike the letter K, I feel like it is the less chic cousin of the letter C.
on February 6th, 2013 at 2:14 pm
I also like F, L, G, M, I, B, S, R, K, O, and T.
I try to like J, C, D, H, and N, but I just don’t
on February 6th, 2013 at 2:17 pm
on February 6th, 2013 at 2:19 pm
@LCMpdx K is not a bad naming letter when used correctly. It’s only nowadays some people use it for names that should start with C such as Khloe.
Alexia Mae Said
on February 6th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
I do find myself drawn to names that start with J and R.
It’s said girls are subconsciously drawn to guys like their dads, and I can see it that includes their names, too. My dad’s name is Jeffrey, and I married a Josiah. No surprise, I fell in love with the name Judah for our son. J reminds me of my dad, and now my husband – quiet, steady, fun, and fits in everywhere.
R – I grew up riding horses and learned quickly that to be good at it you had to have good rhythm. Rumbly river-y rhythm. So R reminds me of riding horses.
on February 6th, 2013 at 3:01 pm
I keep a top ten list of combos for each gender, so anything letter that has more than one name is pretty up there for me.
Girls included 2 Cs (Charlotte and Clementine), 4 Es (Elena, Esme, Eve, and Eloise), 2 Ls (Lila and Lake), and 3 Ms (Melody, Madeline, and Maia).
Boys had a lot more repeats: 2 As (Archer and Atticus), 2 Bs (Blake and Bryce), 2 Cs (Cade and Crosby), 2 Js (Jack and Jameson), 4 Ls (Landon, Leo, Logan, and Luke), 2 Ms (Matthew and Mercer), 2 Ss (Shepherd and Soren)
on February 6th, 2013 at 3:28 pm
In Germany it’s “L” with Lea, Lena, Leonie, Lina, Luca, Lukas, Leon and Luis in the current Top 10. I can’t hear it anymore though.
on February 6th, 2013 at 3:37 pm
For girls, E and M – Edith, Eleanor, Eliza, Elowen, Emmeline, Evangeline and Madeleine, Maeve, Marceline, Meredith and Millicent.
For boys, I’d still say E – Eben, Elias, Elliott, Emerson, Emmett, Evander and Everett – and A – Adrian, Asa, Aubrey, Auden, August, Avery.
I guess I have a love for vowel sounds, both at the start of names and in the name itself.
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
I’ve always loved B, C, & S.
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:32 pm
I really like E for girls. Edie, Eleanor, Eugenia, Ella (yes, I know it’s ridiculously trendy—don’t judge), Eliza, Elizabeth, etc., etc.
I don’t know what my favorite letter is for boys…
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:34 pm
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:40 pm
It seems I have different likes for boys and girls.
For boys, I love “J” names. Jameson, Joseph, Jude, Judah, Jeremy, Josh, Jackson, Jace, Jenson and Julian.
As for girl “J” names, not a fan.
For girls I lean more towards “E” names. Ella, Eleanor, Elle, Elzie, Eden, Esme, Emma, Elsa and Elena.
on February 6th, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Does anyone else think E has the most fans? Also A, C, M, and S.
on February 6th, 2013 at 5:03 pm
B is my favorite for girls and boys.
Boys: Brody, Bronson, Bronx, Brady, Bereich, Brandt, Braxton, Bannan, Boone, and Beau
Girls: Bristol, Britta, Britton, Bryn, Berkeley
on February 6th, 2013 at 5:39 pm
I really like E names. Emma, Esme.
And A names. Ava, Aubrey.
on February 6th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
On my girls list, I have a lot of A, I and E names. On my boys list I have lots of H and R names.
on February 6th, 2013 at 6:28 pm
My favorite is definately “F” or the F sound.
on February 6th, 2013 at 6:35 pm
My favorite girls names are usually A’s, C’s, O’s, and E’s. I think all my favorites start with one of these letters. For boys I like A’s, B’s, and J’s. I only have a few favorite J names, but I really like them.
on February 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm
I consciously try NOT to pick names with a lot of the same letters. However, I find myself drawn to quite a few A names for girls and boys. E is definitely a huge one for girls too!
on February 6th, 2013 at 6:53 pm
F is my favorite at the moment. Fiona is my favorite name and I rather like Felicity. It communicates freedom and joy to me. Boy names like Fredrick/Fritz communicate inteligence and strengtb to me.
on February 6th, 2013 at 7:03 pm
I realized when I played a name game that I love the letter G. Genevieve, Gillian, Ginevra, Gretchen, Ginger, Gilbert, etc.
I also love H as in Harry, Hermione, Hugh, Hudson,etc.
I like others but those are my top two.
on February 6th, 2013 at 7:12 pm
For girls and boys, I think it differs for me. For girls, I love “A” and “C” names–Aurora, Alice, Annabel, Arabella, Aurelia/Aurelie, Annora, Audrey, Amaya, Charlotte, Catherine, Caroline, Claire/Clara, Camille/Camilla, etc. I also love a lot of “E” names (Eva, Eleni, Eleanor, Evangeline, Eliora), and even though I don’t love a TON of “O” names, it seems like it, because I have a surprisingly lot of “O” names in my girls’ combos (Olivia, Olive, Opal, Odette, Ophelia, etc.).
For boys, it’s probably “B” (Bailey, Brody, Booker, Beckett, Benjamin/Benedict/Bennett, Bryn, Barnaby, Boone, Brooks, etc.) or “C” (Caleb, Calvin, Charles/Charlie, Copeland, Conrad, etc.).
on February 6th, 2013 at 8:39 pm
For girls mine are definitely H, O, and E though I have a fair amount of I’s and P’s as well….
on February 6th, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Hmmmmm…… I would have to go with E, S, and R. I love the sound of them coming of the tongue. It dosent even have to be in the front, I just love the sounds thsese three make.
on February 6th, 2013 at 9:55 pm
I really like to use vowels for girls’ first names (Isabelle, Eva, Adeline, Emma) and consonants for boys (John, Daniel, Phineas). But to choose a favorite letter, I’m always leaning toward C.
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:00 pm
In geek, where most names come from, they did not use C for the kah sound because they didnt have one in their alphabet. K is the original in names such as Hekate, Kassandra, Katherine, and, yes, Khloe.
on February 6th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
H stands out to me, but I don’t really have a whole lot of 1 particular letter in my favorites list. On the opposite side, I typically hate names that start with K. I’ve never been a fan. I don’t have one name in my favorites list that starts with K.
on February 6th, 2013 at 11:19 pm
I definitely love V names for girls, and A’s, C’s, L’s and E’s seem to be big contenders also. For boys, I don’t really have a letter, my two favorites start with L and E, both with A middles, so maybe A’s, L’s and E’s over all!
on February 6th, 2013 at 11:22 pm
I’ve never really thought about this before, but I do love names that start with W for both genders – William, Walter, Wolfgang, Winston, Whittaker, Willa, Wendy, Wilhelmina, Willow, Winifred, Whitley, etc. I think there’s this old fashioned appeal that comes with W. I’m also partial to A and M for both genders, P and V for girls, and J for boys.
Oddly enough, I don’t like D names. Even though my name starts with a D, there aren’t a lot of D names that get me excited. And I don’t like K, which I’m pretty sure I can blame on the Kardashians, except for Kassandra, for some odd reason. K looks like it tries too hard. N’s a hard letter for me to like too, except for Nicola.
on February 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm
I always find myself coming back to A. Styles are all over the board-from Alice to Adair to Audrey-but A is definitely the most predominant initial on my list.
Even though this isn’t a part of the question, I absolutely hate the initials: O, U, W, and P. Just unattractive in my opinion.
on February 8th, 2013 at 6:07 pm
I love A and E but i like alot of similar sounds so they arent usable.
on February 9th, 2013 at 1:16 am
L, J and S.
on February 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am
I try to avoid any C/K sounding names because in my family there are my Dad and Uncle (two different people, just to clarify 😉 ) Christopher, Uncle Craig and my mother Kim and cousins Courtnie, Kaitlyn, Connor and Cooper. Which kills me because I love about eleventybillion other C/K names like:
I, like much of the population, have fifty million girls names on my list that start with A.
on February 12th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
I’ve never actually thought about this before, so I went and looked over my forever changing name list and found that ‘L’ is popular with the boys in both first and middle name slot.
The L names I like from my list are Levi (favourite boy’s name), Leonard/Leonardo, Luther and Locket
For girls the most common initial from the list is A or J despite my favourite girl’s names being ‘Rosalie’ nn Rosa. Most of the A/J names feature in the middle name slot as well. Anyway…
The A names that I like are Aibhlinn (pro. Ave-leen), Ann, Amira and Alexandra.
The J names that I like are Juliet, Jane (second favourite girls name) and Jean.
But apart from that I don’t tend to lean towards a certain letter, I have varying tastes I suppose 🙂
on February 15th, 2013 at 5:54 pm
My mom named all three of her girls with a K (Kaitlyn, Kristyn, and Kylie) for the first two she dint even realize she made both a K. By the time she was pregnant with her third she realized she should probably continue the tradition so she wouldn’t be left and luckily enough her one of her favorite names was already a K.
In my extended family they really like D’s and J’s.
For D’s we have (Dave, Dean, Doug, Don, Dana, Darren, Dave Jr., Dean Jr., Danielle, Deanna, Danya, Don, Donald, Dominic,
For J’s we have (Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jessica, Jessica, Jacob, Johnny. Jim, John Patrick, Jillian, Joseph
and these are the relatives I can remember off the top of my head
on February 15th, 2013 at 5:55 pm
oh we have a Jack and two Jackie’s too
on April 28th, 2013 at 6:50 am
I have always loved A, E, & I. On both genders, I love the way the names sound. For a little girl I also like m, or names with an m in them I love the soft beautiful way m rolls off the tongue. For boys I only really love the name Theodore. It’s been my favourite name as long as I can remember, I’m not sure of the appeal anymore just that I love it.
on May 3rd, 2013 at 9:43 am
Mine would have to be C & H.
C- Catherine, Charlotte, Constane, Charles, Cora, Callie, Caitin, Camille, Carlson, Clementine, Carrie & Chelsea.
H- Henry, Harriet, Harry, Hudson, Hugo, Henrietta, Hazel, Hermione & Harrison
on June 2nd, 2013 at 9:07 pm
My brother and I are Justin Behrouz and Jessamine Brooke. I really like the J’s. Though I for some reason really like the P’s too.
Penelope, Persephone, Pandora, Paola
Paxton, Preston, Presley, Perseus, Percy, Pharoh, Patrick
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