Baby Names: Names Starting with A

 

ANATOLE: Greak for "from the east." The kind of name that might be appreciated by an adult, but tough to live with for a kid. Relative: Anatoly. Namesakes: Anatole Broyard, Anatoly Scharansky, Anatole France.

ANCEL: Old German for "diety." Underutilized, would work equally well for a future athlete or artist. Relatives: Ansel, Ancell, Ancelot, Anselm. Namesakes: Saint Anselm, Ansel Adams.

Anderson: "Son of Andrew." Most common as a surname, gaining popularity as a first name. You can get away with this one even if it's not a family name. Relatives: Anderson, Anders, Andy. Namesakes: Hans Christian Anderson, Sherwood Anderson.

ANDRE: French variation of "Andrew." An apropos choice if you have French antecedents, and becoming popular even among those who don't. Namesakes: Andre Malraux, Andre the Giant, Andre Dawson.

ANDREW: From the Greek for "valiant, courageous." A classic. The feminine form, Andrea, has always been popular but never to the degree of the masculine version. Relatives: Anders, Andres, Andre, Andrei, Andros, Andy, Andie, Andrews, Drew. Namesakes: Saint Andrew, Andrew Young, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Carnegie, Andrea Jeager, Andrea Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Drew Barrymore, ANDREA DORIA, "Andy Hardy."

ANGELA: From the Greek for "heavenly messenger." Relatives: Angelica, Ange, Angel, Angell, Angelo, Angelico, Angie, Anjelica. Namesakes: Angela Davis, Anjelica Huston, Angel Cordero, Angie Dickinson.

ANGUS: From the Gaelic for "superb" or "unique." According to Gaelic mythology, Angus was the god of love. Aonghus Turimleach is a legendary figure in Scottish history. Namesakes: Angus Wilson, Black Angus cattle.

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