Characters

  1. Acacia
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "thorny"
    • Description:

      Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish girl names starting with A.
  2. Adi
    • Agatha
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "good woman"
      • Description:

        Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will follow their lead. Actor Thomas Gibson used it for his daughter in 2004.
    • America
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        Given to children of both sexes as far back as colonial times, this carries a lot of baggage. However, parents continue to take the risk. Actress America Ferrera may be have inspired some families to choose the name. Ferrera's Honduras-born mother shares her unusual name.
    • Andi
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Andrea
      • Description:

        Nickname name that seemed cool in the Ricki/Terri generation. However, it may be experiencing somewhat of a resurgence, evidenced by its first ever appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2015. This surprise entry into the popularity charts is almost certainly due to Andi Dorfman, the star of 2014's season of The Bachelorette.
    • Arizona
      • Origin:

        Place-name from Papago Indian
      • Meaning:

        "little springs"
      • Description:

        We usually think of place-names as a modern invention, but in fact Arizona ranked on the US Top 1000 from its inception in 1880 until 1911, when it vanished below the surface. It peaked at Number 510 in 1882, before Arizona became a state. One notorious vintage bearer: criminal "Ma" Barker, born Arizona Clark.
    • Arliss
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "pledge"
      • Description:

        Arliss is most famous as the name of a few high-profile male characters, though it can just as easily work for a baby girl.
    • Arran
      • Origin:

        Scottish place name
      • Meaning:

        "ridged island"
      • Description:

        Arran Island (not to be confused with the Aran Islands in Ireland) is a large island in Scotland's Firth (or bay) of Clyde. Attractive name, long popular in Scotland, but elsewhere would be forever be mixed up with Aaron.
    • Ash
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "ash tree"
      • Description:

        The tree, not the charred bit of soot in the fireplace, usually used for boys, but, as a short form of Ashley, works for girls too.
    • Astrid
      • Origin:

        Scandinavian
      • Meaning:

        "divinely beautiful"
      • Description:

        Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century, and many people associated it with the Swedish author of the Pippi Longstocking stories, Astrid Lindgren. Astrid is derived from the name Ástríðr, which is made up of the Old Norse elements that mean "god" and "beautiful."
    • Autumn
      • Origin:

        Season name
      • Description:

        Crisp and colorful, Autumn is the most popular season name now -- the only one in the Top 100 in recent years -- with Autumn's coolness only surpassed by Winter. Jennifer Love Hewitt named her daughter Autumn James.
    • Ava
      • Origin:

        Hebrew, Latin or Germanic
      • Meaning:

        "life; bird; water, island"
      • Description:

        Ava is one of the prime examples of a modern classic name, rising thought the course of a generation into the Top 10, where it has lingered for nearly 20 years.
    • Areza
      • Bandit
        • Origin:

          Word or occupational name
        • Description:

          We hesitate to call Bandit an occupational name, any more than Rogue or Vandal are occupational names, yet its use by one of the bandmembers of My Chemical Romance (for his daughter: we're not even going to go there) undoubtedly owes a debt to occupational cousins from Pilot to Parker. Recommended for use by rock stars with full-time nannies only.
      • Blair
        • Origin:

          Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "dweller on the plain"
        • Description:

          In the USA, Blair is gaining momentum, rising quickly for the last 10 years and likely to continue to climb. In England and Wales, where Blair has political connotations – calling to mind former prime minister Tony Blair – it is much less common, although it is in use for boys in its native Scotland.
      • Blaise
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "one who stutters"
        • Description:

          Despite its modern sound, Blaise has plenty of history as a given name (for boys), from a Christian martyr to Arthurian legends. Today Blaise feels like the cool and edgy Blaze with a French accent.
      • Blue
        • Origin:

          Color name
        • Description:

          Blue suddenly came into the spotlight, as the unusual color name chosen by Beyonce and Jay-Z for their baby girl Blue Ivy. Blue is also a starbaby middle name du jour, used for both sexes in different spellings and forms, from John Travolta and Kelly Preston's Ella Bleu to Alicia Silverstone's Bear Blu. Dave 'The Edge' Evans named his daughter Blue Angel back in 1989.
      • Brandi
        • Origin:

          Variation of Brandy, Dutch
        • Meaning:

          "burnt wine"
        • Description:

          Only slightly fewer girls are named Brandi each year than Brandy, 45 versus 57 in the US. Both spellings have their advantages and disadvantages.
      • Briar
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "a thorny patch"
        • Description:

          Fairy-tale memories of Sleeping Beauty inspire some parents—such as Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen—to call their daughters Briar Rose. But Briar plus a different middle name might work even better. It's one of the newly popular nature-word names, charting in the US for the first time in 2015 for both genders.
      • Camille
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "young ceremonial attendant"
        • Description:

          At one time just the sound of the name Camille could start people coughing, recalling the tragic Lady of the Camellias, the heroine played by Greta Garbo in the vintage film based on a Dumas story, but that image has faded, replaced by a sleek, chic, highly attractive one.