Names that start with A for a girl

Would you like your daughter’s name to start with the letter A? Maybe it’s a family tradition, or you just really like the sound of the letter? You’ve come to the right place for inspiration because we’ve put together a list of popular, beautiful, cute and pretty, unique and rare, and even biblical baby girl names all starting with A!

Popular Girl Names That Start With A

If you're after a trendy moniker for your little girl, consider choosing a popular name that will fit into her generation with ease. Based on recent statistics, here are the most popular girl names beginning with A:

1. Ava. This modern spelling of the name Eva entered the top list in the twenty-first century. A famous bearer of the name was actress Ava Gardner.

2. Amelia. This variant of Amalia first became popular in eighteenth-century England and then in the United States in the early twenty-first century. A famous bearer of this name was Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly an airplane alone over the Atlantic Ocean.

3. Abigail. This biblical name means “my father is joy” in Hebrew. The name appears in the Old Testament. The name fell out of fashion before it was revived in the twentieth century.

4. Avery. This name, which is often considered unisex, originated from a Norman French surname. It may also be related to the male names Alberich or Alfred.

5. Aria. In Italian, this name means either “song” or “melody” and refers to the vocal solos in operas. The name came into use in the United States in the twentieth century. Funnily enough, it’s not a common name in Italy, making it a unique choice. Aria can also be a variant spelling of the Persian name Arya, which means “noble.” This version also appears at number 17 on this list.

6. Aurora. In Latin, this name refers to the dawn and was the name of the Roman goddess of mornings. It’s been around as a name since the Renaissance but shot to popularity in the United States in 2019.

7. Aubrey. It was common in medieval times as an English male name, but it started to be used as a female name in the 1970s. It’s the Norman French form of the German name Alberich, which means “elf” and “ruler.” Alberich was a sorcerer-king of dwarfs in German mythology. This could be a unique choice for your daughter if you’re looking for a name with magical or mystical links.

8. Addison. This name literally means “son of Adam” and was used solely as a surname until it became popular as a girl’s name in the mid-1990s. Here’s a nice idea: You might consider this “A” name for your daughter if her dad’s named Adam.

9. Audrey. This very traditional name can be traced back to medieval times. In Old English, it means “noble” and “strength.” The name fell out of favor for a time until it was revived in the nineteenth century. A famous bearer was actress Audrey Hepburn.

10. Anna. This very traditional name has biblical roots in the name Hannah, which means “grace” in Hebrew. The variant spelling of the name became popular among Christians after St. Anna.

11. Ariana. This name is the Portuguese version of the Greek name Ariadne, which means “most holy.” Ariadne is also a character in Greek mythology known for helping Theseus escape from a monster called the Minotaur. A famous bearer of the name is singer Ariana Grande.

12. Aaliyah. This Arabic name is the female version of the name Aali, which means “high,” “lofty,” or “sublime.” The name rose to popularity after R&B singer Aaliyah.

13. Alice. The name comes from the Old French name Aalis, which has Germanic roots in the name Adalheidis, which mean “noble type.” The name has been popular in England and France since the twelfth century. It was revived in the nineteenth century after Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

14. Allison. Originally, this name was a surname that meant “son of Alan” or “son of Alexander.” It was used as a male first name until the mid-twentieth century. Afterward, it became a variant spelling of the female name Alison, a diminutive of Alice.

15. Autumn. This is another name for the fall season, which is derived from the Latin word autumnus. As a female name, it’s been popular since the 1960s. It’s a good name option if your daughter is born in the fall, for example.

16. Adeline. A variant spelling of the name Adelina, which was derived from the word adal, meaning “noble.” Other spellings include Adalyn and Addilyn.

17. Arya. This Persian name simply means "noble." In some countries, Arya is a gender-neutral name, so you can use it for either a boy or girl. The recent rise in popularity might be because Arya is a main character in the TV series Game of Thrones.

18. Athena. You may recognize this name from Greek mythology. Athena was the goddess of wisdom and warfare and the patron of Greece’s capital city, Athens. As the myth goes, she was born fully formed as an adult after popping out of her father's head, Zeus, the king of the gods.

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Beautiful Girl Names That Start With A

You have plenty of options for beautiful girl names that start with A, as the letter creates quite a pretty sound. From Adrianna to Astrid, enjoy these sing-song monikers.

19. Adrianna. This feminine form of Adrian comes from the name Hadrian, which is probably best known as the name of a famous Roman emperor. Two towns in Italy and the Adriatic Sea were named after him. Other variant spellings of the female version of the name include Adriana with one n and Adrienne. Diminutives include Adria and Drina.

20. Alaina. This variant of Alana can also be spelled Alayna. The female name was derived from the male name Alan, which originated in Brittany, France, and possibly means “little rock.”

21. Alanis. This beautiful girl’s name is another play on the male name Alan, although much more unique and rarer. A famous bearer of this name is singer Alanis Morissette.

22. Alexandra. This name is both the feminine form of Alexander as well as a name from Greek mythology. Famous bearers of the name include saints as well as royalty.

23. Allegra. In Italian, this beautiful girl’s name means “cheerful” or “lively.” Anyone familiar with sheet music will also recognize this as the term allegro, used to describe the tempo in which the piece should be played, i.e., cheerfully! What a great name choice for a family of musicians or music lovers, or simply for the little girl you hope will be cheerful and lively all her life.

24. Amanda. The feminine version of the Latin male name Amandus means “lovable” or “worthy of love.” It wasn’t used as a girl’s name until the seventeenth century. It became even more common in the nineteenth century. Your baby girl sure will be lovable, so why not go for a name to match!

25. Amber. This name is based on the gemstone formed from fossilized tree resin. It’s also the word for that specific brownish/reddish color of the gemstone. Some believe the word itself has Arabic origins.

26. Apollonia. With ancient Greek origins, this name is based on the Greek god of sun and light, Apollo. Some believe the name comes from the name for the Anatolian god Appaliunas, which means either “father lion” or “father light.” With a name like this, your daughter will carry the spirit of a lioness with her!

27. Artemis. In Greek, this name likely means “safe.” It was also the name of the goddess of the moon and hunting, who was the twin sister of Apollo. If you happen to be having twin girls and you’re in need of twin names, you might consider the pairing of Apollonia and Artemis.

28. Astrid. This modern spelling of the ancient Scandinavian name Ástríðr combines the meanings of “god” and “beautiful” or “beloved.” The name has been growing in popularity in recent years, and no wonder why, as it has a very classy ring to it. What better name could there be for your beautiful and beloved daughter?

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Cute and Pretty Girl Names That Start With A

Baby girl names that start with A can also be cute and pretty. Whether adorable sounds like the name Aarti or a pretty meaning, such as Anika, which means "splendor," you have lots of choices!

29. Aarti. This cute and short Hindi name of Sanskrit origin refers to the ancient ritual of lighting lamps or candles as offerings to the various Hindu gods. It's similar to the word arty, so this could be a great name choice if you're hoping for a budding artist.

30. Abbey. This is just one of the various diminutives of Abigail, a biblical name that means “my father is joy” in Hebrew. (Abigail is number three on our list of popular girl names that start with A.) Variant spellings include Abby, Abbi, and Abbie.

31. Adria. This is the cuter and shorter form of the name Adriana, which appears on our list of beautiful girl names that start with A, spelled with two “n”s. It’s the female version of the male name Adrian.

32. Aggie. Either the diminutive for Agnes or Agatha, this name is a cute option for your baby girl. In Greek, Agnes means “chaste” and Agatha “good.” Both names have religious connotations, but the short version is too cute to resist.

33. Alda. As the feminine form of the male name Aldo, this name is short and cute for a baby girl. The name has Germanic roots and means either “old” or “noble.” It’s commonly used in Portugal and Italy, but why not bring it to the States?

34. Alia. This cute girl’s name has both German and Arabic roots. In German, it means “other,” and in Arabic, it means “sky,” “heaven,” or “loftiness.” It can also be spelled Alya.

35. Anika. This name is used as a diminutive of Anna in countries like Germany, Denmark, and Poland. It’s also the female form of the Hindi name Anik, which means “army” or “splendor” in Sanskrit.

36. Anouk. This cute name is a Dutch and French diminutive for the name Anna, which originated in the Bible as Hannah and means “favor” or “grace” in Hebrew.

37. Aster. Cute and rare, the name Aster comes from the name of the flower, which originates from the Greek word ἀστήρ, meaning "star."

38. Avril. This is the French form of the girl’s name April. The name may have Latin origins in the verb that means “to open.” Since the name also refers to the month of April, it could be a sweet idea to name your baby girl Avril if she’s born in April.

39. Aysu. This cute Turkish girl’s name combines the words ay and su, which mean “moon” and “water,” respectively.

Unique and Rare Girl Names That Start With A

If you want your baby girl to stand out from the crowd, you could consider a unique name that starts with A, such as Aksana or Anissa. Our list includes plenty of cute and beautiful names that still offer uniqueness for your little gal.

40. Abilene. This unique girl’s name might sound modern, but it’s actually rather ancient and appears in the New Testament. In Hebrew, it means “meadow.”

41. Aimée. This is the French form of the name Amy and means “beloved.” But it can also be spelled without the accent if you would like it to be pronounced “AY-mee” versus the French pronunciation “EH-MEH.” Though the accent might make it sound unique and rare, both pronunciations are beautiful.

42. Aksana. As the Belarusian form of the Greek name Xenia, which means “hospitality,” you may recognize this name from its more common spellings, Oksana or Oxana.

43. Alethea. This name came about in the sixteenth century, and, in Greek, it means “truth.”

44. Alvina. The feminine form of Alvin, this name means “old friend” in Old English. The name may also have Scandinavian roots. It can also be spelled Alvena.

45. Amethyst. This female name comes from the name of the purple gemstone. It’s derived from the Greek word for “intoxicated” because—funnily enough—it was believed the gemstone cured drunkenness. However, amethyst is also the birthstone for February. So, you could give this unique name to your baby girl if she’s born in the second month of the year.

46. Anemone. This rare girl’s name comes from the anemone flower, sometimes called a buttercup or windflower. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for “wind.” If you’re leaning toward a floral name for your daughter, you might also like to check out our list of floral baby girl names.

47. Anissa. This is an alternate spelling for the Arabic name Anisa, which is derived from the male name Anis, which means “friendly.” It's not only a cute name for your daughter—it's an unusual one, too. She’ll likely be the only girl in class with this name.

48. Annora. This unique girls' name that starts with A is the medieval variant of Honora, which connects to the Late Latin name Honorius, which means "honor, dignity, esteem."

49. Ayelet. This Hebrew female name means “doe” or “gazelle.” It’s derived from a phrase that means “gazelle of dawn,” which refers to the morning star. What a unique name with a beautiful meaning for your baby girl!

50. Azzurra. In Italian, this is the word for “blue,” but not just any blue. Azure blue is like the sky or the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Name your daughter Azzurra (ad-DZOOR-ra) if you would like to be reminded of this gorgeous color every time you call her name.

Unisex Names Starting With A

If you don't know the gender of your baby yet or prefer a unisex name, the letter A offers plenty of options that work for any gender!

51. Abimbola. In the Yoruban language, this African name means “born wealthy,” but your child doesn't have to be born rich to get such a unique name—or perhaps they're born with the richness of parental love!

52. Acacia. This name derives from the acacia tree. In Greek, the word acacia means “thorn” or “point.” The name is also rare and unique. Pronounce it ә-KAY-shә.

53. Adair. This unisex name was originally an English surname that was derived from the male name Edgar, which in Old English means “fortune” and “spear.”

54. Ainsley. Originally a surname, this moniker was two town names in England. The word itself comes from the Old English for “solitary” and “woodland.” As a name inspired by nature, it’s a good choice if you’re a nature lover.

55. Alexis. Meaning “helper” or “defender” in Greek, this name shot to popularity as a girl’s name in the late 1990s. Although several saints bore this name, you might associate this name with the endearing character Alexis from the comedic sitcom Schitt’s Creek.

56. Allyn. This is considered a variant spelling or a feminized version of the male name Alan, which is thought to have originated in Brittany, France.

57. Amani. This Arabic name means “wishes.” As a new parent, you probably have many wishes for your little one, making this the perfect choice.

58. Arlie. This cute diminutive of Arline works for any gender. It has an informal and fun-loving feel to it.

59. Ashley. Ashley was originally a boy’s name until the 1960s. Afterward, it switched to being popular as a girl’s name, peaking in the United States in 1991. Originally a surname, Ashley means “ash tree clearing” in Old English. Variant spellings include Ashlee or Ashleigh.

60. Asuka. This cute yet elegant Japanese name has many possible meanings, including “tomorrow,” “fragrance,” “to fly,” or “bird.”

Biblical Girl Names That Start With A

You don't have to be religious to appreciate a biblical baby name, as they tend to be classic or unique or have interesting meanings. Choose one beginning with A for your baby girl's name if you like the following options!

61. Abiah. This is a variant spelling of the biblical name Abijah, which means “my father is Yahweh” in Hebrew—Yahweh being the name of God. The name is used for both males and females in the Bible, making the name unisex as well.

62. Adah. This biblical name means “adornment” in Hebrew. Pronounced exactly like the name Ada, the h version was used for two women in the Old Testament. This would be a beautiful name with which to adorn your daughter.

63. Adina. Originally, this was a male name found in the Old Testament, but it’s used as a female name in modern Hebrew. It simply means “delicate,” which is the perfect meaning for a little baby girl.

64. Anat. This is a variant spelling for the biblical name Anath, which appears in the Old Testament. It means “answer.” Originally a masculine name, it’s now sometimes used as a female name, making it a unique choice.

65. Apphia. This Greek name was derived from a Hebrew name that most likely meant “increasing.” The name is mentioned in the New Testament. What a special name for a baby girl who is increasing the size of your family unit!

66. Aquila. In Latin, this name means “eagle” and was used as a surname in Roman times. In the New Testament, Aquila is a man. But in modern times, the name is considered unisex, so it also works well for girls.

67. Ariel. In Hebrew, this unisex name means “lion of God.” The name was also used as an alternate name for the city of Jerusalem in the Old Testament. William Shakespeare famously used the name for a spirit character in his play The Tempest. However, many will associate the name with Disney’s Little Mermaid.

68. Ashtoreth. This is the Hebrew name for the Phoenician goddess of fertility, love, and war. It’s also the name for a city mentioned in the Bible. A cute nickname for your baby girl could be Ash.

69. Atarah. Meaning “crown” in Hebrew, Atarah was mentioned in the Old Testament. If you would like to think of your daughter as a little princess wearing a crown or tiara, choose this royal-sounding name.

70. Avital. This is an alternate spelling of the biblical name Abital, which means “my father is the night dew” in Hebrew. Abital is also the fifth wife of David. With this name, a cute nickname for your baby girl could be Avi.


The Bottom Line

Have you found an A+ name on this list that’s just the right fit for your baby girl? If you haven’t, we have plenty of articles you can check out for inspiration. Take a look at our international baby names or keep going with the alphabet and read our baby girl names starting with B for even more great ideas.

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