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  • Arya

    Arya was derived from an Indo-Iranian word meaning “Aryan” or “noble.” It is a masculine given name in Iran, Indonesia, Bali, and Sanskrit-speaking regions of India. In Hindu- and English-speaking... Read More 

  • Atalanta

    Atalanta was a beautiful mythological maiden who refused to marry any man who couldn't beat her in a footrace -- quite a role model. This myth is found in Ovid's Metamorphoses and later in... Read More 

  • Atticus

    Atticus derives from the Greek Attikos, meaning “from Attica,” the Ancient Greek region that contained Athens. Atticus is a literary name in more ways than one. Before it became synonymous with... Read More 

  • Auden

    The poetic, soft-spoken Auden has recently started to be considered as a first name option, used for both sexes, appreciated for its pleasing sound as well as its link to the distinguished modern... Read More 

  • August

    August has been heating up in Hollywood – used by Mariska Hargitay, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn for their sons, and is rapidly becoming the preferred month of the year for... Read More 

  • Auric

    Auric is an Ian Fleming anti-hero, better known as Goldfinger. Better to go with James. Or even Bond.Read More 

  • Aurora

    Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew. She was said to renew herself by traveling from East to West across the sky, announcing the arrival of... Read More 

  • Austen

    Parents who love the great English novelist Jane Austen may choose this spelling of the popular name Austin to honor the author of Emma and Pride and Prejudice. Read More 

  • Auster

    Fans of writer Paul Auster might consider this a worthy alternative to the trendy Austin.Read More 

  • Author

    An occupation name that sounds odd to the modern ear but enjoyed some use a century ago. May make a comeback as a more genteel brother to the new union of boys (and girls) with worker names such... Read More 

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