AIDAN: Middle English for "help." Namesakes: Saint Aidan, Aidan Quinn.
AIKEN: Old English for "made of oak." Namesakes: Conrad Aiken, William Aiken.
AINSLEY: Scottish for "my meadow." A delicate name. Relatives: Aynsley, Ainsly, Ainslee, Ainsworth. Namesake: Aynsley china.
ALAN: Gaelic for "handsome." The feminine form, Alana, is currently in vogue. The "y" variations are also an interesting choice for a girl. Relatives: Allen, Allan, Alana, Alain, Alaina, Alyn, Allyn, Alun. Namesakes: Alan Alda, Alan Shepard, Alana Davis, Alana Hamilton.
ALASTAIR: A Scottish version of Alexander. Conventionally a boy's name, occasionally used for a girl. Relatives: Alistair, Alistaire, Alastaire, Alister, Alaster, Alasdair. Namesakes: Alistair Cooke, Alistair MacLean.
ALBAN: From the Latin for "white," whence comes "albino." Albion was an early name for England, probably first used to describe the white cliffs of Dover. Relatives: Alben, Albin, Albion. Namesakes: Saint Alban, Alben Barkley, Albany (N.Y.).
ALBERT: A German compound of "noble" and "bright." Extremely popular at the turn of the century both in this country and abroad, perhaps because of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert. Relatives: Alberta, Alberto, Albertina, Albertine, Albertus, Albrecht, Adelbert, Aubert, Elbert, Bertel, Berty, Bertie, Al, Alby, Albie. Namesakes: Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Alberto Salazar, Alberta Hunter.
ALCANDER: Origin unknown. Relatives: Alcindor, Alcandor. Namesake: Lew Alcindor.