Baby Names: Names Starting with A


ARCHIBALD: Anglo-Saxon for "bold prince." The nicknames take the starch out of this hefty moniker. Relatives: Arch, Archie, Archy, Arkady, Arky. Namesakes: Archibald MacLeish, Archie Bell and the Drells, Archie Leach, "Archie."

ARDEN: From the Latin for "passionate" and an English place name. Lovely for a girl, chancy for a boy. Relatives: Ardelia, Ardis, Ardon. Namesakes: Eve Arden, Elizabeth Arden, Forest of Arden.

ARGUS: Greek for "bright." In Greek mythology the name of a creature with one hundred eyes, the builder of Jason's ship, and Odysseus's dog. But it still sounds Scottish to us.

ARIADNE: In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. She gave Theseus the threat that led him out of the labrynth and was subsequently dumped for her trouble. Relatives: Arianne, Arianna, Aria. Namesakes: Arianna Stassinopoulos, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (by Richard Strauss.)

ARIEL: From the Hebrew for "lion of God" and Shakespeare's sprite from THE TEMPEST. Yours will not be the only Ariel in the playground. Relatives: Arial, Aryel, Ario, Ari, Ariella, Ariela. Namesakes: Ariel Durant.

ARION: Arion was Greek poet who was rescued by dolphins after being thrown into the sea.

ARLAND: Derived from Orlando. A poetic group of names. Relatives: Arles, Arleigh, Arlo, Arly, Arlie, Arlen, Arliss, Arlyss. Namesake: Arlo Guthrie.

ARLENE: Origin unknown, possibly derived from Charles. Relatives: Arleen, Arline, Arlette, Arlynn, Arlyn, Arleine. Namesake: Arlene Francis.

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