AMHERST: Originally a British place name. A little pretentious, perhaps, even for the most devoted alumnus. Lord Jeffrey Amherst was a British general who refused a command in the Colonies during the American Revolution. Namesake: Amherst College.
AMON: Irish variation of Edmund. A nice name, the Irish "Eamon" spelling is particularly attractive. Relatives: Eamon, Eammon. Namesake: Eamonn Coghlan.
AMORY: From the Latin for "loving." Terrific choice for boy or girl, whatever the spelling. Relatives: Emory, Emery. Namesakes: Amory Houghton, Cleveland Amory, Emory University.
AMOS: Hebrew for "troubled." Pretty name, but reconsider if you already have child name Andy. Namesakes: Amos Otis, Amos Oz.
AMY: Latin for "beloved." One of the great names, conventional but not plain, popular but not trendy. Relatives: Aimee, Amia, Amity. Namesakes: "Amy March," Amy Alcott, Amy Irving, Anouk Aimee.
ANABELLE: A lacy name with a Victorian sensibility. But Queen Elizabeth deemed it too "yuppie" for the baby who is Princess Beatrice of York. Relatives: Anabel, Annabel, Ann, Anna, Belle, Bella, Annabelle, Annabella. Namesake: "Annabel Lee."
ANAIS: Origin unknown, possibly a variatio of Ann. However you pronounce this name ("AH-na-ees," Ah-NAY-iss"), it's a beauty. And a lovely perfume as well. Namesake: Anais Nin.
ANASTASIA: Greek for "resurrection." A very rhythmic name that conjures up images of old Russia. Relatives: Anastasio, Anastace, Anastasius, Anastice, Anstasie, Stacia, Stasa, Stacy, Stacey, Natasha, Tasia, Tasha. Namesakes: Grand Duchess Anastasia.