ARMAND: A variation of Herman, but a stronger sound closer to its original meaning of warrior. Relatives: Armond, Herman, Hermann. Namesakes: Armand Hammer, Armand Assante.
ARNOLD: From the German for "eagle" and "powerful." Schwarzenegger is helping dispel a wimpy image. Relatives: Arnaud, Arnault, Arnie, Arnald, Arno, Arne, Arnell, Arnel, Arness, Arnot, Arnald. Namesakes: Arnold Palmer, Benedict Arnold.
ARNON: From the Hebrew for "rushing stream." Seldom-used name from the Old Testament
ARTEMIS: Originally the Greek goddess of hunting and childbirth but now considered mascuine as well as feminine. Relatives: Artemus, Artie. Namesake: Artemus Ward.
ARTHUR: Welsh for "bear hero" and shrouded in the mists of British history. A name that deserves to be more popular than it is currently. Relatives: Artur, Art, Arta, Artie, Arty, Arturo, Arte, D'Artagnan. Namesakes: King Arthur, Arturo Toscanini, Artie Shaw, Art Garfunkel.
ASA: From the Hebrew for "healer." Namesakes: Asa Briggs, "Asa Buchanan."
ASHER: From the Hebrew for "fortunate." Relatives: Asser, Ashe, Ashbel, Anschel. Namesakes: Arthur Ashe.
ASHLEY: Old English for "ash-tree." Almost exclusively used for girls these days. Relatives: Ashleigh, Ashford, Ash, Ashe, Ashby, Ashlie, Ashling. Namesakes: Ashley Putnam, Ashley Montagu, "Ashley Wilkes."
ASTIN: A variation of August. A nice name but probably confushing if your last name is Martin. Relatives: Austin, Austen. Namesakes: Austin Dickenson (Emily's brother), Austin Pendelton, Jane Austen, John Astin, Aston Martin automobiles.