Baby Names: Names Starting with A

Baby Names Starting with A

AARON: Hebrew for "shining light" or "high mountain" and Arabic for "messenger." Aaron was Moses' brother. This name has been the surprise hit of the 1980s. Relatives: Aron, Ahron, Arron. Namesakes: Aaron Burr, Hank Aaron.

ABBOTT: From the Arabic and Aramaic for "father." Especially popular in the nineteenth century. Relatives: Abbot, Abba, Abbe. Abbott and Costello, Abba Eban.

ABBY: Latin for "head of a monastery." A nickname for Abigail, but also nice on its own terms. Relatives: Abbey, Abbe, Abbie. Namesakes: "Dear Abby," Abbie Hoffman, Abbey Road, Abbe Lane.

ABEL: From the Hebrew for "breath." Adam and Eve's son, killed by brother Cain. This name was very common in the Middle Ages. Relatives: Able, Abell. Namesakes: Elie Abel.

ABELARD: Old German for "resolute" and Middle English for "keeper of the abbey larder." He was the twelfth-century monk who seduced Heloise; their love letters are far better know than his theological writings.

ABIGAIL: From the Hebrew for "a father's joy." Abigail has an Old World charm and has been consistently popular in the twentieth century. Relatives: Abagail, Abigayle, Abigale, Abby, Abbie, Gail. Namesakes: Abigail Adams, Abigail Van Buren.

ABNER: From the Hebrew for "father of light." Popular in the nineteenth century. Namesakes: Abner Doubleday, "Li'l Abner."

ABRAHAM: From the Hebrew for "father of a multitude." Almost a guarantee that your child will grow up to be very wise. Bram is a nice nickname that works well on its own. Relatives: Abram, Avraham, Avram, Avrom, Abe, Abie, Abra, Ibrahim, Braham, Bram. Namesakes: Abraham Lincoln, Bram Stoker, F. Murray Abraham.

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