50 Scrumptious Baby Girl Names That Start with A
Maybe you’re naming her after a very important relative. Maybe you always want her at the front of the line in elementary school.
Either way, if you’re looking for baby girl name that begins with “A,” we want to help you weigh your options. The names on this list have been cherry-picked from a range of places. Mainly, the Social Security Administration’s list of the most popular monikers for girls, but also, our own editor favorites. Let the browsing begin.
1. AdaIt means “nobility.” It’s also a popular alternative to Ava.
This name means “life.” It’s also a celebrity favorite (think: Ava Phillipe), which helped with its subsequent popularity boost; It’s currently #3 on the charts.
This name—which means “work”—clocks in at #8 on the most popular names for girls. It’s also been in the top 10 names for girls in the U.K. since 2011.
This combo name (Ada + Lee) means “God is my shelter.”
Courtesy of the Roman goddess whose tears magically evolved into the morning dew.
6. AbigailThis name means “my father is joyful,” which should make it easier to sell to your hubby.
Trustworthy and faithful. You can’t go wrong.
This Irish name means “handsome” and “cheerful.” (A popular variation is Alanis.)
Also spelled Akeilah, this moniker means “wise.”
The official meaning is “defender of men.” But this name is also the feminine form of Alexander. (We love an “Alex” for short.)
11. AlyssaIt means “noble,” but it’s also related to the flower alyssum, which is actually quite pretty.
This name is nearing the top of the charts these days, but the direct translation is “son of Adam.”
This name means “angel.” Awww.
An old-lady baby name, which means “strength.” Double whammy.
The meaning is “elf ruler,” but it’s quintessentially French. It also wasn’t until the 1970s that this name started to trend for girls. (Before then, it was almost exclusively used for boys.)
16. AniyahIt means “God was gracious.”
The name is both saintly and royal. (It means “nobility”.)
Before there was June and August (other popular names for girls and boys), there was April. The meaning? “To open,” the perfect way to define the kick-off to spring.
It means “air, song or melody.” How lovely.
Also spelled Ana, this mean means “grace.” Bring on the Frozen references at your own risk.
21. AutumnIt’s a seasonal name, but it’s the most popular one, coming in almost 200 places ahead of Winter.
Another combo girl’s name, this one brings together Anna and Lise, and means “grace.”
In Greek mythology, she was the daughter of Zeus, but also the goddess of wisdom, warfare, mathematics, courage and more. Big shoes, baby.
A trendy variation on the more popular Olivia, it means “olive tree.”
Another name that means “noble,” with a literary nod to Alice in Wonderland.
26. AveryIt means “ruler of the elves,” and it’s gender-neutral.
Japanese in origin, this name means “mother city,” “the end,” and “night rain.”
Most commonly used for boys, this name has picked up popularity for girls in recent years. It also means “between two highlands.”
It means “bright” and “beautiful.”
This name has a few different meanings, but it’s most popular is “moonlight” or “halo.”
31. AngelaIt means “angel” and, though it held a top 10 slot in the 1960s and 70s, we think still feels thoroughly modern.
This name experienced a surge in popularity with the release of The Little Mermaid in 1989, but it’s also got a powerful meaning: “lion of God.”
A twist on Alexandria, this name means “defender of men.”
This name, which means beloved, is actually an English variation on the French Aimée.
A pivot from Alice, this name means “noble.” (So many girls names do!)
36. AndreaThe name means “strong,” but it also gives you the fun of choosing exactly how you want to pronounce it. (Say, Ann-dree-ah or Ahn-dree-ah.)
It means “grace.”
If you’re into flower names, this one—of English origin—has been getting increasingly popular since 2012.
It’s the name of Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter. It also means “grace.”
Pronounced eye-ee-sha, this name means “living” and “prosperous.”
41. AshlynnA more modern take on Ashley, it means “dream.”
This Irish moniker means “vision.” (You can pronounce it either Ash-ling or Ash-leen.)
It means “the golden one.” (It’s pronounced Aw-ray-lee-ah.)
“Bright, shining one” is the meaning—pretty much sums it up.
This name means “from the heavens,” but also “exalted. (Most parents would
46. AdelaidePopularized by the musical Guys and Dolls, this name, which means “nobility,” is so cute when shortened to Addie.
A nod to one of the most delightful French movies of all time, this name means “work.” (An omen for the newborn phase, perhaps?)
It means “clearing with a hermitage.” You can also play around with the spelling--a lot of parents love Ansleigh.
This name—a feminine variation on Andrew—is cute and tomboy-ish. And it should, since it actually means “strong and manly.”
Similar to Angela, it means “angelic.”