Whether you’re looking for a more traditional name like Adam or Andrew, or you’re looking for something with a unique twist, like Atlas or Apollo, this list of great baby boy names that start with A will definitely spark some great ideas.

While you're on this page because you know you're having a boy, or you might have one, make sure to check out our baby names that start with A page as well, where we share even more baby name research.

Modern Baby Boy Names Starting with A

First we'll start with the most popular baby boy names in 2021:

  1. Alexander
  2. Anthony
  3. Andrew
  4. Ashtin — Ashtin is most often a spelling variation of Ashton. In Middle Eastern countries, Ashtin is also a popular surname.
  5. Arath — Arath is also a Gaelic surname, primarily used in Scotland. The families with the last name originated from the ancient Picts tribe. The original group of people with Arath as a surname lived in Arrat.
  6. Ayven
  7. Aiden
  8. Adalberto
  9. Alessio — Alessio is also a common surname. Some notable people with the name are soccer coach Angelo Alessio, mixed martial artist John Alessio, and radio DJ Dom Alessio.
  10. Armon
  11. Azai
  12. Adair
  13. Antoni
  14. Asahd — Asahd became a popular name in America because of DJ Khaled's son. The young child is a listed producer on the musician's albums.
  15. Arvin
  16. Avyan
  17. Avian
  18. Asaiah
  19. Adnan
  20. Anay
  21. Aeden
  22. Aram — Aram is the name of the grandson of Noah in the Old Testament.
  23. Abhiram — Abhiram has risen in popularity in the United States. Some experts attribute this occurrence to the steady growth of the Bengali community within the country. In 2021, nearly 50 newborn boys received this name.
  24. Aaron
  25. Angel
  26. Austin
  27. Adrian
  28. Andon — Andon is also a fairly common surname. Some notable people with the name are Australian businessman and CEO of Vuly Play, Joe Andon, and model Laura Andon.
  29. Adam
  30. Atreus
  31. Antwone — Antwone as a given name derives from the Roman surname Antonius. The most famous member of the Antonius family is Marcus Antonius, better known as Mark Antony in English texts, the ruler of Roman in the 1st century BCE alongside Augustus.
  32. Aydenn — Aydenn is on the rise, but it isn't quite as popular as other spellings of the name. Even Ayden with one "N" at the end is fairly popular and ranked at number 143 on the list of the top 1,000 baby names for boys in the United States in 2021.
  33. Avyaan — Avyaan did not become popular in America until the twentieth century. Actress Dia Mirza gave the title to her son, helping Avyaan spread in the United States.
  34. Abdullahi
  35. Ayman
  36. Ashtyn — Ashtyn ranked among the top 1,000 baby names for girls from 2000-2004. The name Ashtyn reappeared among the top 1,000 girl names as the 984th most popular name of 2008 and the 949th most popular name of 2011.
  37. Aizen
  38. Alister
  39. Alex
  40. Arron
  41. Akash
  42. Aman — Aman has the potential to become a popular baby name, thanks to one celebrity superstar. Tyler Perry, the actor, writer, producer, and mogul, chose the name Aman Tyler Perry for his son who was born in 2014.
  43. Aidan — The name Aidan comes with both Christian and pagan origins. The pagan background comes from the Celtic god Aodh, whereas the Christian background comes from Saint Aidan who turned many of those worshipping Aodh away.
  44. Antonio
  45. Aspen — Aspen as a given name comes from the aspen tree. The aspen was one of the thirteen sacred trees in Celtic mythology and aspens were planted in graveyards to help guide the dead to rebirth. In Greek mythology, aspen leaves were worn by heroes traveling to the underworld for protection.
  46. Aziel — Aziel first appeared among the top 1,000 baby names for boys as the 951st most popular name of 2019. It entered the top 500 baby names for boys in 2020 and has remained popular ever since.
  47. Ambrose
  48. Adriano
  49. Advik
  50. Avrohom — Avrohom is the Hebrew name that is typically Anglicized as Abraham, an important figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Alexander is the most popular baby boy name starting with A. This should come as no surprise as Alexander has been the most common baby boy name starting with A as far back as 2009. What a run! You can see a similar pattern for baby girl names that start with A as well.

If you're a baby name history nerd like myself, then you'll enjoy looking at some other recent historical baby names. As I mentioned before, Alexander has been the top baby boy name starting with A for a very long time, but check out the other popular baby names in the 1970s, the 1980s and names from the 1990s as well.

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Unique Baby Boy Names Starting With A

While it’s fun to see what lots of other people are naming their babies, many people prefer to find baby names that are more uncommon. To that end, below is the some of the more unusual & unique boy names that start with A:

  1. Auden — Auden is derived from the English surname Alden!
  2. Ashton — The name Ashton was originally used to denote families that were from a variety of areas throughout Old England that were known as ash tree town.
  3. Alejandro
  4. Ayden
  5. Alan
  6. Auston
  7. Ajani — Ajani may not be one of the most popular names in the United States, but it is incredibly popular on two continents - Africa and Asia!
  8. Azrael
  9. Amias — Amias Paulet may be the most notable person in history with the name. Not only was he an English diplomat and the Governor of Jersey, but he was the jailer to Mary, Queen of Scots. He was said to be a harsh man who kept a close watch on the queen.
  10. Arrow — Arrow is a bohemian name currently on the rise as a given name. According to the Social Security Administration index, a total of 149 baby boys and 90 baby girls received the name Arrow at birth in 2020. Arrow is also the namesake of the song "Arrow" by the Seattle rock band Candlebox and the song "Arrow" by Japanese singer Gakuto Oshiro.
  11. Ash — Ash is the name of six towns in the United States and 12 towns in the United Kingdom. It is also the name of a critically acclaimed studio album by the R&B duo known as Ibeyi.
  12. Andrei
  13. Atharv
  14. Arden — Arden is the name of the magical forest setting of William Shakespear’s “As You Like It”. Although the play takes place in France, Arden is the name of a real forest near the birthplace of Shakespear in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  15. Abraham
  16. Andres
  17. Asher
  18. Avery
  19. Axel
  20. Adyn — Adyn is a baby name option with growing popularity among parents. In 2020, a total of 46 newborn boys received the name Adyn in the United States.
  21. Arya — Arya as a name, dates back to around the Bronze age yet it didn't find popularity in the Western world until it the HBO series "Game of Thrones" debuted in 2011. Although the book series was published in 1996, it took seeing Arya Stark on the small screen to kick the name into high gear and create an avalanche of children being given the name.
  22. Aryeh
  23. Arham — Arham as a given name comes from a phrase in the Quran referring to Allah as “Arham”, the “most merciful”.
  24. Aurelio
  25. Azriel — Azriel is a name that may come to mind when people think of the popular cartoon "The Smurfs." Though it's spelled differently, Azrael was the name of the villain Gargamel's cat.
  26. Archie
  27. Andre — Andre as a given name in the United States is especially popular in the African American community. Andre is the name of two prominent African American musicians, Dr. Dre and Andre 3000 of Outkast.
  28. Alexis — Alexis eventually began as a boy's name in ancient Greece due to the suffix of "-is." Modern culture has turned this name into one that is more traditionally female though due to the popular use of boys' names for girls.
  29. Adiel
  30. Ander — Ander has the same origins as Andrew. Both of the baby names come from Andreas, an ancient Greek option.
  31. Akeem
  32. Athan
  33. Axle
  34. Ammar
  35. Abel
  36. Anas
  37. Amauri — Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira is probably the most notable person with the name. As a matter of act, the former soccer player often went by his given name only. Born in Brazil in 1980, Amauri represented Italy on the world stage and even became an Italian citizen. He last played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers as part of the North American Soccer League.
  38. Amir
  39. Andy
  40. Alaric
  41. Atlas — Atlas has become a popular celebrity baby name in recent years, which may be one reason why it's become so beloved in the United States. Actress Anne Heche, actor Ed Norton, and musician Claudio Sanchez are just a few of the famous people who have chosen the name for their babies.
  42. Aric
  43. Aayden
  44. Axl — Axl Rose is probably the most notable person with the name. He's best known as the frontman for the rock and heavy metal band Guns N' Roses.
  45. Angus — Angus is also a common name for a breed of beef cattle. The Aberdeen Angus is native to Scotland, so the name makes sense. Angus is not just a popular given name in the country, but it's also a place name.
  46. Aksel
  47. Angelo — Angelo as a given name derives from the Latin term “angelos” which is used to refer to the servants and messengers of God in the Hebrew Bible.
  48. Ansel — Ansel is not only a name for a person, but also the name for a professional-grade screen capture program!
  49. Abhinav
  50. Abdirahman

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