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10 Awesome Boy Names Starting With A

Find The Perfect Name For Your Son

Slow shutter image of man making out the letter A with sparklers on a beach


Picking out a baby's name can be challenging. Many people start the process by selecting a letter they like to start the name. The letter A is a popular starter for boys' names, so you won't run out of ideas. For example, in 2017 alone, there were 185,566 baby boys born whose names started with the letter A. You want to give your child an awesome name, there's no better place to start than with names starting with A!




A portrait of famous philosopher Aristotle tutoring a young Alexander the Great
Aristotle tutoring Alexander Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1895). Modified from the original image retrieved from Wikimedia Commons (PD-old-70).


The name Alexander is Greek and means "a defender of men." There have been countless kings and leaders who have ruled Greece in centuries past. Perhaps the most well-known example is Alexander the Great, who ruled between 356-323 BC. He was a Macedonian king who helped spread Greek culture. The name Alexander can also therefore be used to refer to a conqueror. You'll be glad to know that your baby is sharing the name with not only Alexander the Great, but also two kings of Scotland and three Russian emperors.



A close up shot of fire burning wooden logs
Aiden can translate to "fiery."


The name is derived from Aodhán. It translates roughly to "fiery" or "bringer of fire." The name has only risen in popularity over the years, and is popular among both boys and girls. Those looking for a great unisex moniker can find that in Aiden! It was most common in Ireland and Scotland before it made its way to the United States. Aiden has been within the 100 most popular names in the United States since the early 2000s, and it is no coincidence that it was the second-most popular name starting with the letter A in 2017. Notable people with this name include actor Aiden Quinn.



A stone statue of Saint Anthony in monk's robes holding a child
Saint Anthony is the patron saint of lost things.


Historically, the name was spelled as Antony, and is also commonly spelled Antoni. It has been one of the most beloved boys' names in the U.S., becoming incredibly popular since 2007. The name is derived from Latin, with a direct translation to mean "priceless," which would be perfect for a newborn son. Parents will be happy to know that their child will share his name with many notable people, including a couple of saints and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.



A man holds a sword up to the sky
Andrew can mean "brave," "strong," or "warrior."


This is an English name that many parents across the world give to their children. It is frequently shortened to Andy or Drew. It is derived from the Greek word Andrea, which means "manly." Depending on the context, it can also mean "brave," "strong," "warrior," and "courageous." In 2006, Andrew was the 11th most common baby name in the United States. The name has been popular since the early 70s, and continues to be loved by new parents. Some famous people with the name include Andrew Garfield, Andrew Luck, and Andrew Kaufman.



A sunset image of snowy Swiss mountain tops
Some say Aaron can mean "high mountain."


The name Aaron is derived from Hebrew. According to popular theory, it can mean "strength," "bearer of martyrs," "enlightened," "high mountain," or "exalted." Many people around the world recognize this noble title due to the biblical Aaron. The name has continually ranked within the 60 most popular boy names since 2000, often climbing up to the top 50. A less common variation in spelling for this title is Aron.



A sunset image of rolling ocean waves
Many associate Adrian with water and the sea.


Adrian is another name that is derived from Latin. The ultimate origin is said to be the river Adria. People use the sea or water inference to make meaning out of the name. There are six saints with the name, along with the only English pope, Pope Adrian IV. The name was popular in the Middle Ages and now shines in the 21st century. Some of famous people bearing this moniker include Adrian Peterson, Adrian Martinez, and Adrian Gonzalez. The name is also gender neutral, with many girls receiving this name.



A bible rests on a table
Asher is a popular biblical name.


The name Asher is derived from Hebrew and can translate to "happy" or "blessed." People have long associated this title with biblical themes. This is because Jacob gives this name to his eighth son in the Bible. The name has skyrocketed in popularity in the United States within the past twenty years. It's no wonder why: this title feels strong and dignified. Some well-known people bearing this name include Asher Roth, Asher Blinkoff, and Asher Hill.



Italian stonework depicting the angel Gabriel visiting Mary
Stonework depicting the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel visited Mary to tell her should would carry Jesus.


The name Angel is derived from the Greek Angelos, which can translate to "messenger." Due to themes of angels in Judeo-Christian traditions, many people associate the name with innocence or piety. It is a common unisex name and there are several variations depending on the sex of the baby. One male variant is Angelo, with the female equivalent being Angela. One famous athlete bearing this name is soccer player Ángel di María, who plays for PSG and the Argentinian national team.



Skyscrapers and a pond in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas.


People can trace the name Austin all the way back to the Middle Ages. It is derived from Latin and can mean "venerable," "dignity," or "magic." Austin has dipped in popularity in the United States over the past twenty years, although it still remains within the top 100 most popular names that U.S. parents give to their male children. It fell from its position as the 23rd most common baby boy name in 2000 to position 75 in 2017. Similar names that new parents might like include Augustine and Agustin.



Michelangelo's famous fresco depicting God creating the first man, Adam
Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Modified from the original image retrieved from Wikimedia Commons (PD-old-100).


This name carries strong biblical connotations. According to the Bible, Adam is said to be the first man. Specifically, the Book of Genesis says that God created Adam from the earth. As such, people may say that those named Adam like to take initiative. Famous people bearing this name include Adam Sandler and the economist Adam Smith. The latter of these two men is famous for his 1776 work The Wealth of Nations.



*Note: Statistics on the popularity of these names/number of babies given these names are based on available data on U.S. births in 2017, as reported by the official Social Security website.