ALCINA: A Greek enchantress who reigned over an island of sensual oblivion. She was celebrated in Hanel's opera, ALCINA.
ALCOTT: Old English for "old cottage," but its literary associations are what comes to mind today. Relatives: Alcot, Walcott, Walcot. Namesakes: Amos Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Derek Walcott.
ALDEN: From the Middle English for "antique." A real Plymouth Rock of a name. Relatives: Aldan, Aldwin. Namesake: "Why don't you speak for yourself, John (Alden)?"
ALDER: Middle English for a type of birch tree and Old English for "revered one." Relatives: Elder, Aldus.
ALDOUS: From the Old German for "old wealthy." Relatives: Aldus, Aldo. Namesakes: Aldous Huxley, Aldo Ray.
ALDRICH: Old English for "old king." This will look good on his prep-school diploma. Relatives: Aldrych, Aldred, Aldren, Aldridge. Namesakes: Thomas Baily Aldrich, "Henry Aldrich," Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller.
ALEXANDER: Greek for "protector of mankind." Extremely popular in all its forms, especially in royal circles. Take your pick. Relatives: Alec, Alek, Aleks, Alex, Alesandro, Alessandro, Alejo, Alexei, Alysander, Alexandre, Alejandro, Aleksander, Alastair, Iksander, Ixsander, Sandro, Sander, Sanders, Sandor, Sandy, Sandie, Sacha, Sasha, Xander. Namesakes: Alexander the Great, Alexander Graham Bell, Alec Guinness.
ALEXANDRA: Feminine form of "Alexander." A favorite of models and soap opera divas, as well as princesses and empresses. Relatives: Alexa, Alexia, Alexis, Alexandria, Alesandra, Alessandra, Allesandra, Aleksey, Alexine, Aleka, Alya, Aliki, Alejanda, Lexy, Lexie, Sandra, Zandra, Sanie, Sandy. Namesakes: Empress Alexandra of Russia, Alexis Smith, Sandra Day O'Connor, Zandra Rhodes.