ALFRED: Old English for "wise cousel." Seldom used these days despite some terrific antecedents. Relatives: Alf, Alfric, Alfie, Alfrid, Allie, Elfred, Fred, Freddie. Namesakes: Alfred the Great, Alfred Hitchcock, "Alfred Doolittle," "Alf."
ALGER: Old German for "noble warrior." Strongly associated with famous namesakes Horatio Alger and Alger Hiss. Relatives: Elgar, Elger. Namesake: Sir Edward Elgar.
ALGERNON: Old French for "mustachioed." "Algie" is the nickname, so be careful. Namesakes: Algernon Swinburne, FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON.
ALGREN: Origin unknown and more familiar as a surname, but it has a certain ring to it. Namesake: Nelson Algren.
ALI: A variation of "Allah" and American Indian for "little." Namesakes: Ali Baba, Ali MacGraw, Muhammad Ali.
ALICE: From the Old German for "noble" and Greek for "truth." It was Lewis Carroll's "Alice" who journeyed through Wonderland and also stepped through the looking glass. Relatives: Alicia, Alise, Alison, Allison, Alyse, Alix, Alyce, Alexis, Alika, Aliki, Ali, Allie, Ally. Namesakes: Alice Liddell, Alice B. Toklas, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, ALICE ADAMS, Alison Lurie, "Kate and Allie."
ALIDA: Greek for "beautifully dressed." Perfect for the child of a compusive shopper. Relatives: Aleda, Aletta, Alette, Allida, Allidia, Alidia, Lida.
ALLARD: Old English for "noble and brave." Relative: Alard.
Namesake: Allard K. Lowenstein.
ALLEGRA: Latin for "brisk and cheerful." This name has cultural overtones perhaps because Allegro is a musical notation for a composition that is to be played at a fast tempo. Namesake: Allegra Kent.