25 Awesome 'A' Names for Baby Boys

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Whether it's your first-born or not, A-names are always the initial stop on any alphabetical name list. They're the number one, an A-list top find, and would make great additions to your baby boy name list.


And we have 25 A-plus suggestions to get you started. They range from androgynous to absolutely masculine, but these A-names are just what you need to top that list:

  1. Abbott: Whether it's George Abbott or Bud Abbott (of Abbott and Costello), the name has plenty of historical figures who've carried it. Notably, it's also rooted in the Aramaic word abba, which means "Father" and is the highest figure in the religious community. 
  2. Adair: Though its one of the few androgynous names on this list, Adair is mostly still a masculine name that stems from the Olde English Eadgar, which means "riches and spears."
  3. Adler: You know Jonathan Adler (the famous sculptor and designer) and Steven Adler of Guns 'n' Roses, but did you know that it's a vintage German name that means "noble eagle"?
  4. Ace: In both English and Latin, it stands for number one. Have a first-born son? Ace is the right way to go, just like Jessica Simpson did with son Ace Knute. 
  5. Albus: Harry Potter fans, unite! It's undoubtedly an older name, but any good Muggle will know that it's the name of the best and most powerful wizard: Albus Dumbledore.

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  6. Aleph: It's the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and the name of Natalie Portman's first child!
  7. Alistair: While Alasdair is the Gaelic form of Alexander, this different spelling is the official British version of the same name.
  8. Aldo: Ladies, you know who Aldo is! It's the famed shoe designer, but it's also a great baby name that can be linked back to author Aldo Leopold and Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
  9. Alpin: It's the Americanized name of the Gaelic Ailpein, and translates directly into "white." 
  10. Alvy: In Olde English, it means "friend of the elves," and parents, we all know the real association of the name: Woody Allen's character's name in Annie Hall!
  11. Amos: It's the name of one of the 12 minor prophets in the Hebrew religion, but for another Harry Potter reference: It's also the name of Cedric Diggory's father.
  12. Anders: Based on the Greek andreios, which means "manly," it's a purely strong-sounding name. It's also a biblical name, and a possible shortened version of the more common Anderson. 
  13. Ansel: Actor Ansel Elgort is giving the name a much-needed comeback, but it was originally photographer Ansel Adams who made it known. It's a traditionally German name that means "God's protection" and is commonly compared to the better-known Hansel.

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  14. Archibald: It might not be the trendiest name, at least not in the 21st century, but it's definitely a favorite in Hollywood. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler named their first son Archibald, or Archie, for short. 
  15. Ari: It means "lion" in Hebrew, and if that wasn't great enough, there are also plenty of respected Ari's from which your little guy can take examples. Ari Fleischer was the White House press secretary under George W. Bush, and Ari Shapiro is a famed American science writer. 
  16. Aris: The Americanized version of Ares, the Greek name meaning "male" or "bane." But if you're looking for a longer name, Aris is technically the shortened version of Aristides or Aristotle.
  17. Arlo: Of course, you have the famous folk musician Arlo Guthrie, but did you know that it's actually the American version of the Italian Charles? And another international root for you: it's the Spanish word for "barberry tree."
  18. Asher: It's a Jewish name meaning "happy" or "blessed" and is carried by rapper Asher Roth. R&B singer Usher just has a varied spelling. If you'd like a monosyllabic twist: Ash makes for a great nickname.
  19. Ashton: Ashton Kutcher and Ashton Eaton are just two of the most famous Ashtons in the world, and the androgynous name has been on the rise for both sexes, but especially for boys. 
  20. Astor: Another unisex name, it's generally served as a baby boy name in recent years. Overall, it's a historically male name as well, and takes origin in the Scandinavian combination of As (meaning "God") and tor (meaning "thunder").

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  21. Atlas: Actor Edward Norton recently revealed that his son's name is Atlas, and the entire world took notice. It's certainly a big name for a little guy and is most commonly associated with the Titan in Greek mythology who was cursed to carry the weight of the world on shoulders. 
  22. Aubrey: Yes, it could very well work for a little girl, but there are also plenty of male Aubreys in the world (rapper Drake being just one of them). Like Alvy (see above), it also means "elf ruler" in Old German.
  23. August: It means "great" and "venerable" in Latin and is also the short version of Augustus or Augustine. Take a cue from musician Dave Matthews in this case. He named his son August!
  24. Avory: It's a different form of Alfred but has been on the rise for both boys and girls. Whether it's spelled Avory or Avery, the fun moniker is getting more and more popular. 
  25. Axel: Fergie and Josh Duhamel shocked us all when they named their son Axl (and left out the "e"), but the meaning still remains. "Father of peace" is the universal definition of the name and is both connected to Axl Rose of Guns 'n' Roses and the most recent Axel, a character on the popular show The Middle.

Which is your favorite "A" name for boys?


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