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80 Great Girl Names that Start with A

Oct 27, 2021

80 Great Girl Names that Start with A

AHEAD: The ultimate list of girl names with A as the first letter.

If you’re looking for a beautiful girl’s name starting with the letter A, you’re in the right place!

Perhaps you’re planning to honor a family member whose name begins (or began) with the letter A.

Or you’ve got an “A” theme for your kids’ names.

Or maybe you just happen to like the letter A. (Totally valid, btw).

Lucky for you, pretty A names for girls are a-bundant!

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Below, I’ve rounded up a variety of A names ranging from trendy to traditional, edgy to sweet, and long to short.

Some of them are inspired by nature, while others are inspired by royalty and faith.

For each name, you’ll find its meaning and current popularity—which will hopefully help you narrow down your list of favorites.

Feel free to use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific style, or keep on scrolling and view all of these a-mazing girl names that start with A.

P.S. Be sure to check out the end of the post for middle name ideas and names with cute nicknames.

Girl Names that Start with A

Trendy girl names that start with A

Kicking off our list of “A” names with some a-mazingly a-ttractive names that are super popular in the United States right now. Most of them are in the top 100.

Abigail

  • Name meaning: My father’s joy.
  • Popularity: #13

Addison

  • Name meaning: Daughter of Adam.
  • Popularity: #47

Adeline

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #100

Alaia

  • Name meaning: Joyful.
  • Popularity: #120

Alice

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #76

Alison

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #80

Amaya

  • Name meaning: The end; pleasant place.
  • Popularity: #140

Amelia

  • Name meaning: Work.
  • Popularity: #6

Ariana

  • Name meaning: Most holy.
  • Popularity: #79

Aubrey

  • Name meaning: Magical being.
  • Popularity: #56

Audrey

  • Name meaning: Noble strength.
  • Popularity: #60

Aurora

  • Name meaning: Dawn.
  • Popularity: #36

Autumn

  • Name meaning: Fall.
  • Popularity: #82

Avery

  • Name meaning: Elf king.
  • Popularity: #19

If you like these trendy names that start with A, you might also like this list of modern girl names.

Short girl names that start with A

Short Trendy Girl Names that Start with A

These a-stoundingly a-dorable names starting with A are just 3 or four letters long! Most of them are two syllables.

Ada

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #184

Aden

  • Name meaning: Little fire.
  • Popularity: Aden ranks #664 for boys but is not in the top 1000 for girls.

Alex

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: Alex isn’t ranking, but Alexandra ranks #137 and Alexandria ranks #320.

Alia

  • Name meaning: Held in high regard.
  • Popularity: #572

Anne

  • Name meaning: Grace.
  • Popularity: #625

Anya

  • Name meaning: Graceful.
  • Popularity: #656

Aria

  • Name meaning: Air or melody.
  • Popularity: #26

Arya

  • Name meaning: Air or melody.
  • Popularity: #112

Ava

  • Name meaning: Life.
  • Popularity: #3

Ayla

  • Name meaning: Oaktree.
  • Popularity: #131

If you like these short names that start with A, you might also like this list of one-syllable girl names.

Long girl names that start with A

Long girl names that start with A

These a-ttractive names starting with A are 8 to 10 letters long! Most of them are 3 syllables or 4 syllables.

Adelaide

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #274

Adrianna

  • Name meaning: Woman of Adria, Italy.
  • Popularity: #608

Adrienne

  • Name meaning: Woman of Adria, Italy.
  • Popularity: This “a” name is not currently popular in the U.S.

Alexandra

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: #137

Alexandria

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: #320

Anastasia

  • Name meaning: Resurrection.
  • Popularity: #158

Angelina

  • Name meaning: Angel.
  • Popularity: #290

Annabella

  • Name meaning: Graceful + beautiful.
  • Popularity: #222

Annalyse

  • Name meaning: Beauty, elegance, graced by God.
  • Popularity: This girl’s name starting with “a” is not currently popular in the U.S.

Antoinette

  • Name meaning: Priceless one.
  • Popularity: This old-fashioned “a” baby name is not in the top 1000.

Arabella

  • Name meaning: Yielding to prayer.
  • Popularity: #202

Aubrielle

  • Name meaning: Invented name.
  • Popularity: #791

If you like these long names that start with A, you might also like this list of Victorian girl names.

Nature-inspired girl names that start with A

Nature-inspired girl names that start with A

This next batch of girl names starting with A is inspired by plants, water, animals, and the earth.

Ainsley

  • Name meaning: Solitary meadow.
  • Popularity: #354

Amber

  • Name meaning: Fossil resin.
  • Popularity: #513

Arden

  • Name meaning: Great forest.
  • Popularity: This girl’s name starting with “a” hasn’t been in the top 1000 since 2019.

Arizona

  • Name meaning: Small spring.
  • Popularity: This “a” baby name is not currently popular in the U.S.

Aspen

  • Name meaning: Tree with heart-shaped leaves.
  • Popularity: #224

Aster

  • Name meaning: A daisy-like flower.
  • Popularity: This unique “a” name is not currently ranking in the top 1000.

Avian

  • Name meaning: Bird-like.
  • Popularity: This “a” name is not popular in the U.S. right now.

Avianna

  • Name meaning: Bird.
  • Popularity: #385

If you like these nature-inspired girl names that start with A, you might also like this list of hippie names or these nonbinary names.

Regal girl names that start with A

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These girl names with A mean royalty, nobility, and goddess. They connote strength, while still being elegant and feminine.

Addie

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: This baby name starting with “a” is not currently popular for baby girls in the U.S.

Addilyn

  • Name meaning: Nobility.
  • Popularity: #469

Adele

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #790

Adelia

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: This baby girl’s name starting with “a” is not in the top 1000 right now.

Adella

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: This girl’s name that starts with “a” is not currently popular for babies in the U.S.

Alicia

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #414

Alyssa

  • Name meaning: Noble.
  • Popularity: #199

Athena

  • Name meaning: Goddess.
  • Popularity: #108

Audra

  • Name meaning: Noble strength.
  • Popularity: This baby name starting with “a” is not currently popular for baby girls in the U.S.

If you like these regal names that start with A, you might also like this list of badass girl names.

Strong girl names that start with A

Strong girl names that start with A

These girl names with A as the first letter are perfect for any little girl who wants to be the hero of her own story.

Alessia

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: #501

Alexia

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: #734

Alexis

  • Name meaning: Defender.
  • Popularity: #309

Ariella

  • Name meaning: Lioness.
  • Popularity: #152

Arielle

  • Name meaning: Lion.
  • Popularity: #346

Augusta

  • Name meaning: Magnificent.
  • Popularity: This baby girl name starting with “a” is not in the top 1000 right now.

If you like these strong girl names that start with A, you might also like this list of edgy names.

Spiritual girl names that start with A

Spiritual girl names that start with A

These girl names with A as the first letter are perfect for parents who believe that their precious daughter was sent from above.

Amara

  • Name meaning: Grace.
  • Popularity: #142

Angela

  • Name meaning: Angel.
  • Popularity: #251

Annette

  • Name meaning: Grace.
  • Popularity: This girl’s name that starts with “a” is not currently popular for babies in the U.S.

Annie

  • Name meaning: Grace.
  • Popularity: #288

Arianna

  • Name meaning: Most holy.
  • Popularity: #123

Astrid

  • Name meaning: Divinely beautiful.
  • Popularity: #452

If you like these spiritual baby names that start with A, you might also like this list of names that mean graceful.

Timeless girl names that start with A

Timeless girl names that start with A

These timeless girl names that start with A have stood the test of time. They don’t tend to evoke any particular decade.

Adriana

  • Name meaning: Person of Adria.
  • Popularity: #304

Alaina or Alayna

  • Name meaning: Cheerful; precious.
  • Popularity: Alaina ranks #196 and Alayna ranks #247.

Alana

  • Name meaning: Cheerful.
  • Popularity: #206

Amalia

  • Name meaning: Work.
  • Popularity: #570

Amanda

  • Name meaning: Worthy of love.
  • Popularity: #447

Amina

  • Name meaning: Trustworthy.
  • Popularity: #330

April

  • Name meaning: The fourth month.
  • Popularity: #521

Ashley

  • Name meaning: Dweller near the ash tree meadow.
  • Popularity: #154

Aurelia

  • Name meaning: Golden one.
  • Popularity: #528

If you like these timeless girl names that start with the letter A, you might also like this list of names for rainbow babies.

Uncommon girl names that start with A

Uncommon girl names that start with A

Last but not least, here are some baby names starting with A that are uncommon without being too far out there…

Agatha

  • Name meaning: Good woman.
  • Popularity: This baby name starting with “a” is not currently popular for baby girls in the U.S.

Agnes

  • Name meaning: Pure.
  • Popularity: This baby girl name starting with “a” is not in the top 1000 right now.

Althea

  • Name meaning: With healing power.
  • Popularity: This girl’s name that starts with “a” is not currently popular for babies in the U.S.

Amelie

  • Name meaning: Work.
  • Popularity: #806

Ansley

  • Name meaning: Hermitage field.
  • Popularity: #952

Avril

  • Name meaning: April in French.
  • Popularity: This baby name starting with “a” is not currently popular for baby girls in the U.S.

If you like uncommon girl names with A as the first letter, you might also like this list of space names.

More baby names for girls

Before we get to middle name ideas, here are a few related articles that may be helpful if you’re still looking for the perfect name.

Middle name ideas for first names starting with A

Here are some beautiful first + middle name combinations for a first name that starts with A.

 

Abigail Grace
Ada Penelope
Addilyn Piper
Addison Reese
Adelaide Hart
Adelia Harper
Adeline Sophia
Adella Madison
Aden Lennox
Adrianna Jane
Agatha Rose
Alaia James
Alaina Juliet
Alessia Scarlett
Alexandra Ella
Alexia Blake
Alexis Jade
Alice Paige
Allison Bridget
Alyssa Madelyn
Amalia Blakely
Amara Cove
Amaya Sage
Amber Sierra
Amelia Faye
Amelie Roux
Ansley Palmer
Arabella Violet
Arden Sage
Aria Crane
Ariana Eden
Ariella Ivory
Arielle Ruby
Arizona Hailey
Arya Sage
Aspen Valli
Astrid Olivia
Aubrey Belle
Audrey Mia
Augusta Marie
Aurora Raquel
Autumn Sky
Ava Hadley
Avery Blake
Avian Magnolia
Ayla Wren

Watch out for those initials…

With the first initial A, it’s easy to spell lots of words.

It’s important to make sure you’re not spelling anything undesirable.

For example, you wouldn’t want to name your daughter Adriana Sierra Smith. See why?

Also keep in mind that the letter A starts the word American, which means that there are tons of agencies whose abbreviations start with A.

AAP – American Academy of Pediatrics
AAO – American Association of Orthodontists
ABA – American Bar Association
… and so on.

Most of these are pretty innocuous, but just make sure that you’re comfortable with any parallels.

Once you’ve got your shortlist of names picked out, do a quick Google search of your baby girl’s initials, and you’ll be good to go!

“A” names with cute nicknames

You may have noticed that a lot of the “a” names on this list have a whole bunch of letters or syllables. This makes them perfectly suited for an adorable nickname!

Here are some ideas:

  • Abigail {Abbie, Abby, Gale, Gail}
  • Addilyn {Addy, Addie, Lynn}
  • Addison {Addy, Addie}
  • Adelaide {Addy, Addie, Lady}
  • Adelia {Addy, Addie, Lia, Del, Deli}
  • Adella {Addie, Del, Delly, Dellie}
  • Agatha {Aggie}
  • Agnes {Aggie}
  • Alana {Alli, Allie, Aly, Ally, Lana}
  • Alexandra {Alex, Alexa, Allie, Ally, Lex, Lexi, Lexie}
  • Alia {Allie, Ally, Ali, Lia}
  • Alison {Alli, Allie, Aly, Ally}
  • Alyssa {Lyssie}
  • Amalia {Molly}
  • Amanda {Mandy, Mandi}
  • Amara {Mari, Mara}
  • Amelia {Millie, Milly, Amy, Lia, Mimi}
  • Amelie {Millie, Milly}
  • Anastasia {Anna, Stassi}
  • Angelina {Angie, Ange, Lina}
  • Annabella {Anna, Bella, Belle}
  • Annalyse {Annie}
  • Arabella {Bella}
  • Ariella {Ari, Ella}
  • Arielle {Ari, Elle}
  • Aubrey {Brie, Bree}
  • Aubrielle {Brie, Bree, Elle}
  • Aurora {Rory}

Final thoughts on girl names with A as the first letter

It’s incredible how many different styles of names there are that all start with the letter A!

Names like Arden and Aubriella couldn’t be more different, even though they share the same first initial.

If you’re having trouble identifying your style or narrowing down the choices, here is the process that I suggest:

(As you follow each step, try to rule out any name that loses its luster).

    1. Write down all of your favorite girl names that start with A in one place. (I suggest the notepad on your phone).
    2. Say the names out loud with the baby’s last name. Consider ruling out any combinations that are difficult to say.
    3. Have your partner read the list to you. Strangely, you’ll hear the names differently when someone else says them—trust me.
    4. Consider your baby’s initials. As we talked about earlier, you don’t want to end up with any undesirable words, conditions, or organizations.
    5. Now that you’ve hopefully narrowed down the list to just a couple of names, glance at your shortlist regularly. Eventually, one of the names will stand out as “the one”!

No matter which A name you choose, your baby will be a-dorable and you’re going to be so very in love!

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect girl name that starts with the letter A!

Girl Names that Start with A