ANNABETH: A delightful compound name. Relative: Anabeth.
ANNALYNN: This compound name is sweetly euphonic. Relatives: Annalynne, Analyn, Analynne. Namesake: Annalynn Swan.
ANNE: From the Hebrew for "gracious." Always in good taste, with or without the "e." Relatives: Ann, Anna, Annis, Annys, Anya, Anika, Annie, Annice, Anita, Anca, Anneka. Namesakes: Princess Anne of England, Anne Boleyn, Ann Landers, Anne Archer, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.
ANNETTE: A French variation of "Ann." For many, this name will always conjure up images of beach blankets, Mouseketeers, and peanut butter. Namesakes: Annette Funicello, Annette O'Toole.
ANSON: Anglo-Saxon for "son of a nobleman" or "son of Ann or Hans." A good, clear Celtic sound. Relatives: Ansen, Ansonia, Hansen, Hanson. Namesakes: Anson Williams.
ANTHONY: From the Latin for "priceless" and Greek for "flourishing." The classic for an Italian-Ameican boy; Antonia for a girl is much less common and quite nice. Relatives: Antonius, Antoine, Anton, Antony, Antonia, Antonio, Antoinette, Antoinetta, Tony, Toni, Tonio, Tonia, Tonya, Toinette. Namesakes: Anthony Quayle, Mark Anthony, Toni Morrison, MY ANTONIA.
APRIL: From the Latin for "blooming" and the spring month. Relatives: Avril, Aprille, Ava. Namesakes: Jean Avril, Ava Gardner.
ARABELLE: German for "beautiful eagle." A unique turn on the more popular Anabelle. Relatives: Arabel, Arabelle, Arabella.
ARAM: Assyrian for "high place." An Old Testament name that doesn't get much mainstream use today. Aram was Noah's grandson. Namesake: Aram Saroyan.