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100 Unique A Names for Boys

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These A names for boys are totally “awesome!”

Boy names that start with A are incredibly powerful. Many of the world’s greatest leaders, artists, and visionaries had names that began with A, such as Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Alexander Hamilton.

Selecting the perfect A name can be challenging since many fantastic guy names start with A. Luckily, we’ve curated our list only to include the best A names for boys. Some are unique, while others are popular. But all of them are strong, giving your son the confidence to pursue his bright future!


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100 Cool Male Names That Start with A

Keep reading to discover 100 adorable male names that start with A for your little guy.

Aage

Aage is an unusual option on our list of guy names that start with A, almost exclusively used in Scandinavia. It’s a less common spelling of Åge – an old-school Norse name popular in Norway in the 50s and 60s. Aage could be an exciting option for a boy with Norse ancestors.

  • Origin: Danish, Norwegian
  • Meaning: Ancestor
  • Pronunciation: aw-gay
  • Variations: Áki, Åge
  • Namesakes: Aage Giødesen, a Danish painter in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries known for his paintings of landscapes, portraits, and marine subjects.
  • Popularity: Aage’s highest ranking in Norway was 89th in 1945.
Cool, Unique

Aaron

Aaron is popular globally, previously ranked in over 17 countries. In the Old Testament, Aaron was Moses’s brother, who used his staff to perform miracles during the Egyptian plague. Aaron may be appealing if you want something safe, traditional, and well-liked.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Egyptian
  • Meaning: High mountain, exalted
  • Pronunciation: EHR-ahn
  • Variations: Arron, Aaren, Arin
  • Namesakes: Aaron Burr Jr. was an American politician and the third United States Vice President from 1801 to 1805.
  • Popularity: Aaron ranked 65th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Common, Strong, Traditional

Abbott

Abbott was initially a surname from the Old English “abbas” (priest). It was used as an occupational name for someone employed in the house or lands of an abbot. Using surnames as given names is stylish right now, making Abbott a trendy choice for a religious family.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Priest
  • Pronunciation: AH-but
  • Variations: Abate, Abad
  • Popularity: Abbott fell out of the U.S. top 1,000 in 1888.
Religious, Unique

Abdullah

Abdullah is an alternative form of the Arabic name Abd Allah primarily used in Turkey, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Showing humility before God is an essential value of Islam, making Abdullah (servant of God, God’s follower) popular among Muslims. Abdullah also belonged to the Prophet Muhammad’s father, making it a meaningful option for a boy raised in the Islamic faith.

  • Origin: Arabic, Turkish, Malay, Indonesian
  • Meaning: Servant of Allah
  • Pronunciation: ab-dool-LA
  • Variations: Abd Allah, Abdulla
  • Namesakes: Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, a King of Jordan, considered the 41st-generation direct descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
  • Popularity: Abdullah ranked 984th in the U.S. in 2021.
Elegant, Religious

Abel

Abel is an Old Testament name born by a son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his brother, Cain. Despite the name’s sad past, it became popular among Christians during the Puritan era. Abel became trendy again in the 2000s, receiving its highest ranking of 124th in 2015.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Breath
  • Pronunciation: AY-bul
  • Variations: Abele, Hevel
  • Namesakes: Abel Janszoon Tasman, a Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant, best known for his voyages in the service of the Dutch East India Company.
  • Popularity: Abel is rising for U.S. boys, ranked 196th in 2021.
Popular, Old-fashioned, Religious

Abner

In the Bible, Abner was a cousin of Saul and commander-in-chief of his army. Christians have used his name for their sons since the Protestant Reformation. Abner’s a great option if you want an old-timey biblical name that isn’t as basic as Adam, Michael, or James.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My father is a light
  • Pronunciation: AB-nahr
  • Variations: Abenner, Avner
  • Namesakes: Abner Doubleday, a career United States Army officer and Union major general in the American Civil War.
  • Popularity: Abner was most popular for U.S. boys in 1901.
Old-fashioned, Religious

Abraham

In the Bible, Abraham is a religious patriarch who founded many nations. Another important Abraham was the 16th U.S. president who abolished slavery. Abraham is strong but old-fashioned. You could make it more current with cute nicknames like Abe, Abie, or Bram.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father of many
  • Pronunciation: AY-brah-ham
  • Variations: Avraham, Abrahán
  • Namesakes: Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States.
  • Popularity: Abraham ranked 202nd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Religious, Old-fashioned, Common

Absalom

Absalom is derived from the Hebrew “av” (father) combined with “shalom” (peace). In the Old Testament, Absalom was King David’s third and favorite son, described as the most handsome man in the kingdom. This charming biblical name could be perfect for a beautiful little boy – inside and out.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My father is peace
  • Pronunciation: AB-sah-lahm
  • Variations: Absolon, Absolom
  • Namesakes: Absalom Willis Robertson was an American politician from Virginia who served over 50 years in public office.
Unique, Cool, Strong

Ace

Ace is a badass name for an achiever who will “ace” everything he does. Ace’s connection to poker and airplanes makes it even cooler. Several celebrities have named their kids Ace, including pop singer Jessica Simpson and Sky High actress Malika Haqq. We predict Ace will make it to the U.S. top 100 in a year or two.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Highest rank
  • Popularity: Ace is a popular A name for boys, ranked 156th in the U.S. in 2021.
Charming, Simple, Popular

Achilles

Achilles hails from Greek mythology, associated with a brave hero who fought against the Trojans. The name’s U.S. popularity was short-lived, only ranked in the top 1,000 from 2015 to 2018. We think Achilles is badass enough for reconsideration.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Pain
  • Pronunciation: ah-KIL-eez
  • Variations: Achilleus
  • Namesakes: Achilles Pirmin Gasser was a German physician and astrologer.
  • Popularity: Achilles received its highest U.S. rating of 855th in 2018.
Mythical, Strong, Badass
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Adam

Adam is a religious option among our guy names that start with A, associated with the first man created by God in the Bible. The name’s popularity has dwindled slightly in the 2020s, replaced by cooler A names like Axel and Aidan. Adam could appeal to traditionalists who prefer classics over the latest trends.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the red earth
  • Pronunciation: AD-ahm
  • Namesakes: Adam Smith, a Scottish economist, and philosopher who was a key figure during the Scottish Enlightenment.
  • Popularity: Adam’s highest U.S. rating was 18th in 1984.
Traditional, Common, Religious

Adlai

Adlai is an obscure biblical name associated with the father of Shaphat in the Old Testament. The name had some success in the U.S. during the late 1800s before dropping off the radar. The best-known bearer was Adlai Stevenson, who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. president during the 1950s. An interesting option for a boy or girl.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is just
  • Pronunciation: AD-lay
  • Variations: Adalia
  • Namesakes: Adlai Ewing Stevenson II, an American politician, and diplomat who was twice the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.
  • Popularity: Adlai made the U.S. top 1,000 from 1891 to 1893.
Unique, Religious, Cool

Adler

Adler is a newly popular given name for boys, first making the U.S. top 1,000 in 2020. It was initially a German surname given in honor of John the Evangelist – represented by an eagle in Christian texts. Adler is attractive, friendly, and stylish – an excellent option for parents who like to stay ahead of the latest naming trends.

  • Origin: German, English
  • Meaning: Eagle
  • Namesakes: Adler Capelli is an Italian former track cyclist who competed at the Summer Olympics in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
  • Popularity: Adler was ranked 910th in the U.S. in 2021.
Badass, Natural

Adnan

Adnan is a legendary figure in Islamic mythology, said to be an ancestor of the Prophet Muhammad and several Arabian tribes. The name is common throughout the Muslim world. In recent years, Adnan became known stateside due to Adnan Syed – the falsely imprisoned man featured in the sensational podcast, Serial.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Settler
  • Pronunciation: ad-NAN
  • Namesakes: Adnan Menderes, a Turkish politician who served as Prime Minister of Turkey between 1950 and 1960.
  • Popularity: Adnan ranked 841st in England and Wales in 2021.
Religious

Adonis

In Greek mythology, Adonis was a handsome young god of beauty and desire. He was loved by the goddesses Aphrodite and Persephone, who fought over him. To make both happy, Zeus allowed Adonis to live with Aphrodite and Persephone for one-third of the year. An excellent name for a little ladies’ man.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lord, master
  • Pronunciation: ah-DAHN-is
  • Variations: Adone
  • Popularity: Adonis is on the rise in the U.S., ranked 223rd in 2021.
Mythical

Adrian

Adrian is a form of the Latin Hadrianus used in several languages. Its association with various popes and saints could appeal to Christians. Adrian’s been steadily rising in popularity for U.S. boys since the 1960s, ranked in the top 100 since 1989. If Adrian is too trendy, go for the ancient Roman Hadrian instead.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: From Hadria
  • Pronunciation: AY-dree-ahn
  • Variations: Hadrian
  • Namesakes: Pope Adrian IV, was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 1154 to his death in 1159.
  • Popularity: Adrian is among the most popular boy names with A in the U.S., ranked 61st in 2021.
Cool, Common, Charming

Adriel

Adriel comes from the Old Testament as the man who marries Saul’s daughter, Merab. This old-fashioned title is beautiful and refined, appealing to Christians and non-Christians alike. It quickly rose in popularity for American boys since it entered the charts in 2002. We predict it’ll make the U.S. top 100 in the next year or two.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Flock of God
  • Pronunciation: AY-dree-uhl
  • Popularity: Adriel was ranked 154th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Religious, Charming, Elegant

Affan

Affan is derived from the Arabic “aff” (chaste, modest, pure). Modesty is an important value in Islam, making Affan a common choice for Muslims. This could be an excellent A name for boys raised in the Islamic faith.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Modest
  • Pronunciation: OFF-fan
  • Variations: Afan
  • Namesakes: Affan Waheed, a Pakistani television actor, and model best known for his roles as Musaf in Aik Pal.
  • Popularity: Affan’s highest rating in England and Wales was 861st in 2017.
Religious

Ahaziah

Ahaziah is an obsolete biblical name born by two ancient kings of Israel and Judah. Religious “z” names are fashionable stateside, with Ezra and Azriel ranked in the U.S. top 1,000. Lesser-known Ahaziah could easily fit this trend.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has taken
  • Pronunciation: AH-HAZ-EYE-ah
Strong, Religious, Unique

Ahmad

Ahmad is one of the titles of the prophet Muhammad. This attractive Muslim name is common in Islamic communities in the Middle East, Europe, and the West. A great name to celebrate your family’s faith.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Most praiseworthy
  • Pronunciation: AH-mad
  • Variations: Ahmed, Ahmet
  • Namesakes: Ahmad Shāh Durrānī, the founder of modern Afghanistan.
  • Popularity: Ahmad ranked 688th in the U.S. in 2021.
Common, Elegant
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Aidan

Aidan is an American favorite, peaking in the early 2000s along with similar-sounding Hayden and Caden. It’s derived from the Old Irish name Aodhán, which comes from Aed – the Celtic god of the underworld. Aidan is cute, likable, and approachable. Perfect for a future social butterfly.

  • Origin: Irish, English
  • Meaning: Little fire
  • Pronunciation: AY-dahn
  • Variations: Aodhán
  • Namesakes: Aidan Quinn, an American actor known for his roles in Desperately Seeking Susan, Benny & Joon, Legends of the Fall, and Unknown.
  • Popularity: Aidan peaked for U.S. boys in 2003.
Modern

Ainsley

Ainsley was initially a surname from several places in England. It’s currently favored for U.S. girls, ranked 363rd in 2021. However, the name is preferred for males on the other side of the pond. Ainsley can be made more masculine with the nicknames Lee and Ainz.

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Solitary woodland
  • Pronunciation: AYNZ-lee
  • Variations: Ansley, Ainslee, Ainslie
  • Namesakes: Ainsley Harriott, an English chef and television presenter, known for his BBC cooking game shows Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, and Ready Steady Cook.
  • Popularity: Ainsley is more popular for boys in England and Wales, receiving its highest rating of 410th in 1997.
Modern, Charming

Ajay

Ajay is a casual name with a strong meaning, derived from the Sanskrit “a” (not) combined with “jaya” (victory, conquest). It’s prevalent in India, with several notable actors, writers, and politicians bearing the name. If you live stateside, Ajay may be confused with the familiar nickname/given name, AJ.

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Unconquered
  • Pronunciation: uh-JAY, AY-jay
  • Variations: Ajai
  • Namesakes: Ajay Devgn, an Indian actor, film director, and producer who works in Hindi cinema.
  • Popularity: Ajay ranked 784th in England and Wales in 2021.
Cool, Youthful

Akeem

Akeem is a modern variation of Hakim. It’s popular in Africa and the black community stateside, with several prominent African-American football and basketball players bearing the name. Akeem could be a terrific choice for an aspiring athlete.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Wise
  • Pronunciation: AH-keem
  • Variations: Hakim, Akiem
  • Namesakes: Akeem Elijah Adams was a Trinidadian international footballer who played as a defender.
  • Popularity: Akeem received its highest ranking of 405th in the U.S. in 1990.
Modern, Cool, Badass

Akira

Akira is unisex in Japan but is often chosen for males. It has several possible meanings, including “bright, clear, shining, rising sun, and calm.” This soothing title could be perfect for a boy with a calming presence.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Bright
  • Pronunciation: AH-KYEE-RA
  • Namesakes: Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese filmmaker and painter who directed thirty films in a career spanning over five decades.
  • Popularity: Akira received its highest ranking of 707th in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Charming

Alan

Alan’s exact origins are unknown. It may mean “little rock” or “handsome” in Breton (a Celtic language native to Brittany, France). Or, it could come from the Alans tribe – an Iranian group who migrated to Europe in the 4th-century. Nowadays, Alan is a bit of a “dad name,” declining in popularity since the 1960s. More stylish options include double-L Allen or Welsh-sounding Allyn.

  • Origin: Breton
  • Meaning: Little rock
  • Pronunciation: AL-ahn
  • Variations: Allan, Allen, Allyn
  • Namesakes: Alan Mathison Turing, an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.
  • Popularity: Alan ranked 197th in the U.S. in 2021.
Mature, Old-fashioned

Alaric

Alaric is an unusual option on our list of names for boys that start with A, derived from the Gothic name Alareiks. Alaric I was the first king of the Visigoths – an early Germanic people living in the Roman Empire during late antiquity. Alaric is elegant, bold, and unique enough to turn heads.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Ruler of all
  • Pronunciation: AL-ah-rik
  • Namesakes: Alaric I, the first king of the Visigoths, from 395 to 410.
  • Popularity: Alaric is newly popular in the U.S., first ranked in the top 1,000 in 2017.
Old-fashioned, Strong, Unique

Albert

Albert is a classy option among our male names that start with A, born by several German royals. The name also has an intelligent side, associated with the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein. Albert fits the bill perfectly, whether your son is as handsome as a prince or as intelligent as a scientist.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Nobel and bright
  • Variations: Adalbert, Adelbert, Albrecht
  • Namesakes: Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest physicists of all time.
  • Popularity: Albert ranked 564th in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Old-fashioned, Mature

Alden

Alden was initially a surname derived from the Old English first name Ealdwine. The name was common for American boys in the early 1900s before being revitalized in the early 2000s. Alden is familiar but not overused. Its pleasant sound and meaning make it an all-around attractive option.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Old friend
  • Pronunciation: AWL-dahn
  • Variations: Ealdwine
  • Namesakes: Alden
  • Popularity: Alden ranked 680th in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Charming, Elegant

Alder

Alder is a majestic choice among our boy names with A, sparking mental imagery of the beautiful alder tree. In Celtic folklore, Alder trees were highly sacred, symbolizing the balance between males and females. In Ireland, the first man was thought to have come from an Alder tree. Alder could be an excellent name option for parents who enjoy symbolism.

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Older
Elegant, Natural, Cool
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Aldo

Aldo is a perfect name for an old soul, derived from the Germanic “ald” (old). This cool name is prevalent throughout Italy, France, and Germany, giving it a classy European feel. Your adorable little Aldo could be wise beyond his years.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Old, noble
  • Namesakes: Aldo Leopold was an American author, philosopher, naturalist, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist.
  • Popularity: Aldo ranked 983rd in the U.S. in 2021.
Simple, Cute, Mature

Alec

Alec is the rugged Scottish short-form of Alexander. It’s less common than its cousin, Alex, and is distinctly masculine.

  • Origin: Scottish, English, Greek
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Pronunciation: AL-ik
  • Variations: Aleck, Alex
  • Namesakes: Alec Baldwin, an American actor, comedian, and producer known for his roles in Beetlejuice (1988), Working Girl (1988), and The Hunt for Red October (1990).
  • Popularity: Alec ranked 682nd in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Youthful

Alejandro

Alejandro is a sleek Alexander alternative that rolls off the tongue. It was the top choice in Spain throughout the 90s and early 2000s. In the U.S., Alejandro peaked in 2001 but is still considered a fashionable pick. Lady Gaga fans will appreciate the connection to her 2009 hit song.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Pronunciation: a-leh-KHAN-dro
  • Variations: Alexander
  • Namesakes: Alejandro González Iñárritu, a Mexican filmmaker and screenwriter known for making modern psychological drama films about the human condition.
  • Popularity: Alejandro ranked 206th in the U.S. in 2021.
Elegant

Alessio

Alessio is the Italian form of Alexis – a Greek name derived from “alexo” (to defend, to help). A handsome name with undeniable class.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Helper, defender
  • Pronunciation: a-LEHS-syo
  • Namesakes: Alessio Sakara, an Italian professional mixed martial artist, former professional boxer, and Sanshou kickboxer, currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division.
  • Popularity: Alessio is a popular A name for boys in Italy, ranked 32nd in 2020.
Elegant, Charming

Alexander

Alexander is a classic option among our boy names with A, associated with several rulers of Scotland, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Russia. This was also the name of eight Christian popes. Some of the most impressive men in the world have been named Alexander. Perhaps your son will join the list.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Variations: Aleksander, Alexandros
  • Namesakes: Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.
  • Popularity: Alexander ranked 13th in the U.S. in 2021.
Common, Traditional, Strong

Alexis

Alexis is popular for boys and girls, appealing to gender-neutral name enthusiasts. It’s derived from the Greek “alexo” (to defend, to help). In ancient Byzantine, this was the name of five prominent emperors. Nicknames include Alex, Lex, or simply X.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Helper, defender
  • Pronunciation: ah-LEHK-sis
  • Variations: Alexus, Alejo
  • Namesakes: Alexis Bledel, an American actress and model known for her role as Rory on the Gilmore Girls TV series.
  • Popularity: Alexis ranked 472nd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cute, Youthful

Alfred

Strong and prestigious, Alfred is often associated with Alfred the Great – a prominent king of the Saxons who began the unification of England. This elegant (and slightly stuffy) title can be made more casual with the nicknames Al and Fred.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Elf counsel
  • Pronunciation: al-FREH-do
  • Variations: Alfred
  • Namesakes: Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons from 871 to 886 and King of the Anglo-Saxons from 886 until his death in 899.
  • Popularity: Alfred ranked 900th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Old-fashioned, Mature

Ali

Short and elegant, Ali is associated with a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, who became the fourth caliph of the Muslim world. Ali was also the hero in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Famous boxer Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali after his conversion to Islam. A great option for a boy raised in the Islamic faith.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Lofty, sublime
  • Popularity: Ali ranked 339th in the U.S. in 2021.
Simple, Religious, Cute

Alistair

Alistair is the Anglicized form of Alasdair – the Scottish Gaelic form of Alexander. It is newly popular for American boys, ranked for the first time in 2016. Alistair has a commanding presence, making it a bold choice for your little warrior.

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic, English
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Pronunciation: AL-i-stahr
  • Variations: Alastair, Alister, Alasdair
  • Namesakes: Alistair Stuart MacLean, a 20th-century Scottish novelist known for writing popular thrillers and adventure stories.
  • Popularity: Alistair ranked 898th in the U.S. in 2021.
Cool, Elegant, Badass

Alton

Alton was originally a habitational name for anyone from one of the towns named Alton in England. It has a distinctly vintage sound, peaking in the U.S. in the early 1900s. Old-fashioned names are hip right now, making Alton a trendy selection for your little town dweller.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Town at the source of the river, old town
  • Pronunciation: AWL-tahn
  • Namesakes: Alton Crawford Brown Jr., an American television personality, food show presenter, chef, author, actor, cinematographer, and musician.
  • Popularity: Alton left the U.S. top 1,000 in 2002.
Cool, Old-fashioned
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Alvaro

Alvaro is a sophisticated title shared with several Spanish saints, making it an excellent option for a Christian. It also has a whimsical side, as the Spanish form of Alfher – a Germanic name from “alf” (elf) and “hari” (warrior, army). Alvaro peaked in the U.S. in the 80s. But we predict it’ll make a strong comeback within the next few years.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese, Germanic
  • Meaning: Elf warrior
  • Pronunciation: ahl-VAH-ro
  • Variations: Álvaro
  • Namesakes: Alvaro Obregón, a general in the Mexican Revolution who later became the 46th President of Mexico.
  • Popularity: Alvaro ranked 830th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Charming, Elegant

Alvin

Alvin was popular for American boys in the 1920s, receiving its highest ranking of 66th in 1927. Alvin has yet to bounce back as much as other vintage names like Theodore and Elias. So, it’s a good choice if you want something old-timey but unique. Added cuteness comes from its association with the energetic leader from Alvin and the Chipmunks.

  • Origin: English, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Old friend, elf friend
  • Variations: Elvin
  • Namesakes: Alvin Lee, an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the blues rock band Ten Years After.
  • Popularity: Alvin ranked 769th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cute, Old-fashioned

Amal

Amal is an attractive Old Testament name popular in several European countries. It’s currently favored for females, thanks to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. However, it can easily be used for a guy, too. Its meanings range from the Arabic “hope” and “aspiration” to the Hebrew “work” and “labor.” Amal demonstrates to your little one that achieving their dreams takes hard work and dedication.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Meaning: Work, hope
  • Pronunciation: A-mal
  • Variations: Amel, Amaal
Cool

Aman

Aman is a multicultural option on our list of guy names that start with A, with roots in six different languages. It’s most popular among Muslims in Pakistan and Bangladesh, who often combine it with other names, such as “Amanullāh” (trust of God). It’s also common among the Ethiopian and Eritrean people in Africa.

  • Origin: Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Tigrinya, Turkmen, Yakut
  • Meaning: Peace, trust, tranquility
  • Pronunciation: AH-MAHN
  • Variations: Amann, Amon
  • Namesakes: Aman Trikha, an Indian playback singer from Mumbai.
Strong

Ambrose

Ambrose re-entered the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 2019 after a 65-year lapse. The name is closely tied to the church, associated with a 4th-century saint of Milan. Ambrose is unusual when compared to typical vintage picks like Arthur or Alexander. A perfect option for parents who love old-timey names that aren’t basic.

  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Immortal
  • Pronunciation: AM-broz
  • Namesakes: Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce, an American short story writer whose book, The Devil’s Dictionary, was named one of the 100 greatest masterpieces of American Literature.
  • Popularity: Ambrose ranked 671st for U.S. boys in 2021.
Traditional, Elegant, Old-fashioned

Ames

Positive and friendly, Ames is a perfect choice for a boy who “aims” high. It’s ultimately derived from the Latin “amicus” (friend), adding to its charm. It could be a dynamic alternative to the more popular Amos.

  • Origin: French, English, Latin
  • Meaning: Friend
  • Pronunciation: AYMZ
  • Variations: Amys
Unique, Badass, Modern

Amias

Amias may be derived from the Latin “amicus” (friend), or it could have been a surname for someone from Amiens in France. This melodic title is newly popular among American boys, first entering the top 1,000 in 2019. The whimsical alternative, Amyas, was used for a character in Edmund Spenser’s poem, The Faerie Queene (1590).

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Friend
  • Pronunciation: AH-my-us, AY-me-us
  • Variations: Amyas, Amis
  • Namesakes: Sir Amias Paulet, an English soldier, official, and sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.
  • Popularity: Amias ranked 756th in the U.S. in 2021.
Unique

Amir

Amir is a powerful choice on our list of names for boys that start with A, originally an honorary title for an army commander. It was later used as a title for the ruler’s son, taking on the meaning of “prince.” Amir is no longer reserved for royalty, ranked as a top boy’s name in over ten countries.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Prince, commander
  • Pronunciation: a-MEER
  • Variations: Emir
  • Namesakes: Amir Shmuel Blumenfeld, an Israeli-American comedian, actor, writer, television host, and member of the American comedy duo Jake and Amir.
  • Popularity: Amir is a popular male name that starts with A, ranked 123rd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Simple, Elegant, Popular

Amos

Amos is a minor prophet and a book of the Bible. It’s been a common name for boys since the Protestant Reformation. Amos is a great option if you’re looking for a strong Christian name that isn’t as basic as Adam or Aaron. A non-religious connection is with Famous Amos Cookies.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Load, burden
  • Pronunciation: AY-mus
  • Variations: Ámos, Amós
  • Namesakes: Amos Alonzo Stagg, an American athlete, and college coach in multiple sports, primarily American football.
  • Popularity: Amos ranked 603rd in the U.S. in 2021.
Religious, Charming, Cool

Anakin

Anakin is a new favorite, first entering the top 1,000 names for American boys in 2014. It’s an invented name used by George Lucas for Anakin Skywalker (AKA Darth Vader) in the Star Wars movie saga. A cool choice for sci-fi fans.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Pronunciation: AN-ah-kin
  • Variations: Annakin
  • Popularity: Anakin ranked 644th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Modern, Cute
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Anders

Anders is an alternative form of Andrew primarily used in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. It has a distinctly Scandinavian sound, adding friendliness and warmth to the name. Anders is just getting started stateside. Choose it now, before it’s too mainstream.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Greek
  • Meaning: Manly, masculine
  • Pronunciation: AN-desh, AHN-us, AND-ers
  • Variations: Andreas
  • Namesakes: Anders Christian Holm, an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer and one of the stars and creators of the Comedy Central show Workaholics.
  • Popularity: Anders ranked 884th in the U.S. in 2021.
Charming, Strong

Anderson

Anderson was popular in the early 1900s before falling out of favor in the 70s and 80s. It’s on the rise once again, ranked in the top 500 names for boys since 2005. Sweet nickname options are Anders or Andy.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Andrew
  • Variations: Ânderson
  • Popularity: Anderson ranked 328th in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong

Andre

Andre is the English form of André – the French and Portuguese variation of Andrew. Andre is classy, with a distinctly European sound well-suited for a future socialite. The name’s especially popular among the French, including those residing in French-speaking areas of Canada.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Manly, masculine
  • Pronunciation: AHN-dray
  • Variations: André, Andrew
  • Namesakes: Andre Kirk Agassi, an American former world No. 1 tennis player and an Olympic gold medalist.
  • Popularity: Andre was the 290th most popular name for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cool

Andrew

Are you searching for timeless A names for boys that never go out of style? Then, you can’t go wrong with Andrew, ranked in the U.S. top 100 since 1880. Andrew is strong and likable, with adorable nickname options like Andy and Drew. Andrew sounds high-class but isn’t snobby, giving your son the ability to reach his highest potential.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Manly, masculine
  • Pronunciation: AN-droo
  • Variations: Andre
  • Namesakes: Andrew Jackson, an American lawyer, planter, general, and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States.
  • Popularity: Andrew is one of the top boy names with A, ranked 57th in 2021.
Traditional, Common

Andy

Andy was initially a nickname for Andrew but is now used independently. Bearers include American pop artist Andy Warhol and pro tennis player Andy Roddick. Fictional Andys are found in The Office and Toy Story. Andy is friendly, likable, and easygoing. An excellent option for a boy who will be friends with everyone.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Manly, masculine
  • Pronunciation: AN-dee
  • Variations: Andi, Andie
  • Namesakes: Andy Warhol, an American visual artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the pop art movement.
  • Popularity: Andy ranked 468th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cute, Youthful

Angel

Angel has a mystical side, associated with the heavenly messengers of God. This spiritual title is popular among males in the Latino community. In modern times, Angel is also given to females. Parents who grew up in the 90s may enjoy the connection to the handsome vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Messenger
  • Variations: Angelle
  • Namesakes: Ángel Manuel Pagán, a Puerto Rican former professional baseball outfielder who played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, and San Francisco Giants.
  • Popularity: Angel was the 67th most popular name for U.S. boys in 2021.
Elegant, Cute, Religious

Angelo

Angelo is a classic Italian name regularly used for characters in television and movies. It’s similar to other old-school Italian picks like Francesco and Rocco. The name’s cool factor went up after Adele chose it for her son in 2012.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Messenger
  • Pronunciation: ANG-jeh-lo
  • Variations: Angiolo
  • Namesakes: Angelo Badalamenti, an American composer known for his scores for the films Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga, The Straight Story, and Mulholland Drive.
  • Popularity: Angelo ranked 316th in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Traditional

Anson

Anson has had sporadic success stateside, ranked in the top 1,000 in the early 1900s, late 70s, and 2010s. In the 2020s, the name’s pretty rare, appealing to parents who want something unusual that isn’t too “out there.” Anson sounds great with everything, making it a cute middle name option.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Agnes
  • Pronunciation: AN-sahn
  • Popularity: Anson fell out of the top 1,000 names for U.S. boys in 2019.
Strong, Unique, Badass

Anton

Anton is a form of Anthony used in several countries. It’s either derived from the Latin “antonius” (priceless) or the Greek “anthos” (flower). This sophisticated title was popular in the U.S. in the early 1900s. An elegant choice for parents who love old-world names.

  • Origin: German, Russian, Scandinavian, Latin, Roman
  • Meaning: Priceless, flower
  • Pronunciation: AN-ton, AHN-tawn, ahn-TON
  • Variations: Antoon, Antonie, Antonius
  • Namesakes: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, a Russian playwright and short-story writer considered one of the greatest writers of all time.
  • Popularity: Anton left the U.S. top 1,000 in 2017.
Charming, Cute, Common

Antonio

Antonio is a romantic form of Antonius – the ancient Roman form of Anthony. It’s been favored in Italy since the 14th-century. There are several notable Antonios in the art world, including composer Antonio Vivaldi, Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova, and Renaissance painter Antonio Pisanello. A classy choice for a future artist.

  • Origin: Spanish, Italian, Croatian
  • Meaning: Priceless
  • Pronunciation: an-TO-nyo
  • Variations: Anton, Antonijo, Antun
  • Namesakes: Antonio Banderas, a Spanish actor, and singer known for his roles in Philadelphia (1993), Evita (1996), and The Mask of Zorro (1998).
  • Popularity: Antonio is a popular A name for boys, ranked 178th in the U.S. in 2021.
Elegant, Popular
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Anwar

Anwar is a classic Arabic name used throughout the Middle East by Arab Christians and Muslims. It’s also an adjective in Arabic meaning “illumination” or “enlightened.” A bold title for a boy who is wise beyond his years.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Brighter, more luminous
  • Pronunciation: AN-war
  • Variations: Anwer, Anwaar, Anouar, Anvar, Enver
  • Namesakes: Anwar Sadat, an Egyptian politician who served as the third president of Egypt.
Elegant

Apollo

This A name for boys comes from Greek mythology, born by a God of prophecy, music, art, law, and beauty. Apollo could appeal to space and science lovers, given the connection to Apollo 13.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Strength, father light
  • Pronunciation: ah-PAHL-o
  • Popularity: Apollo was ranked 400th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Mythical, Badass, Modern

Arawn

Arawn is one of the rarest guy names that start with A, associated with a Welsh god of the underworld. According to legend, Arawn was a powerful ruler and a skilled magician who enjoyed hunting with his supernatural red-eyed dog. A unique option for mythology lovers.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Pronunciation: ahr-oun
Mythical, Unique, Badass

Arbor

Beautiful and sophisticated, Arbor derives from the Old French “erbe” (grass, herb). It’s also associated with the Latin “arbor” (tree). This could be an excellent choice if you want a nature-inspired name that’s subtler than River, Forest, or Reed.

  • Origin: English, French, Albanian
  • Meaning: Grass, tree
  • Pronunciation: ARE-BORE
Natural, Elegant

Archer

Archer is one of the coolest boy names that start with A, from an Old English surname meaning “bowman” or “archer.” The name’s steadily been rising in popularity since the release of the adult cartoon Archer in 2009. Perfect for a modern-day warrior.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Bowman
  • Namesakes: Archer King, an American theatrical producer and actor who acted in the Broadway productions Summer Night and Stop Press in 1939.
  • Popularity: Archer ranked 138th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Badass, Strong, Popular

Archibald

Archibald is an aristocratic choice on our list of boy names that start with A, born by several Scottish noblemen and earls. A more modern bearer is Cary Grant, who was born Archibald Alec Leach. Although Archibald sounds a bit stuffy, the adorable nickname, Archie, could make it more appealing.

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Genuine and bold
  • Pronunciation: AHR-chi-bawld
  • Namesakes: Archibald Philip Primrose, a British Liberal Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • Popularity: Archibald was common in the U.S. in the late 1800s.
Elegant, Old-fashioned, Mature

Archie

Archie was originally a nickname for Archibald, but it’s now used independently. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose it for their firstborn son in 2019. The best-known Archie, however, is the fictional redhead from Archie Comics. Archie is approachable enough for an everyday joe yet elegant enough for royalty.

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Genuine and bold
  • Namesakes: Archie Shepp, an American jazz saxophonist, educator, and playwright.
  • Popularity: Archie is on the rise in the U.S., ranked 399th in 2021.
Cute, Youthful

Arden

Arden was originally a habitational surname associated with the Forest of Arden – the magical forest in Warwickshire, England, used by Shakesphere as a setting for his play, As You Like It (1599). It has a crisp, natural sound making it a perfect option for lovers of the great outdoors.

  • Origin: English, Celtic
  • Meaning: High
  • Pronunciation: AHR-den
  • Popularity: Arden left the top 1,000 names for U.S. boys in 1959.
Cool, Unique, Old-fashioned

Ares

Ares was the god of war and courage in Greek mythology. This ancient title is newly popular in the U.S., first entering the top 1,000 in 2013. Ares is assertive and masculine – perfect for a strong-willed little boy who isn’t afraid to bend the rules.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Ruin, bane, male
  • Pronunciation: EHR-eez
  • Variations: Aris
  • Popularity: Ares’s popularity is rising in the U.S., ranked 513th in 2021.
Mythical, Strong, Badass

Ari

Ari is a multicultural name with origins in several countries. It’s typically masculine, except in the U.S., where it’s also given as a short form of the feminine Ariana or Ariel. Ari is associated with the lion and eagle – animals symbolizing courage, strength, and authority. A perfect title for a future leader.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Armenian, Norse, English
  • Meaning: Lion, brave, eagle
  • Pronunciation: AH-ree
  • Namesakes: Ari Fleischer, an American media consultant who served as the 23rd White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.
  • Popularity: Ari ranked 342nd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Simple, Youthful, Natural
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Arian

Arian has roots in India, derived from an old Indo-Iranian root word meaning “Aryan” or “noble.” It’s also an Albanian name from “ar” (golden, gold) and “jete” (life). In astrology, Arian refers to someone with the star sign of Aries.

  • Origin: Iranian, Albanian
  • Meaning: Aryan, gold life
  • Pronunciation: AH-ree-ahn
  • Variations: Aryan
  • Namesakes: Arian Isa Foster, a former American football running back and current musical artist known as Bobby Feeno.
  • Popularity: Arian ranked 885th in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Cool

Aris

Aris is a modern form of Ares – the Greek god of war and destruction. Aris is also a short form for Aristotle. This mighty name is newly popular in England and Wales, first ranked in 2019. Aris has yet to make the U.S. charts, making it an appealing option for unique name enthusiasts.

  • Origin: Greek, Dutch
  • Meaning: Ruin, bane, male, the best purpose
  • Pronunciation: A-REHS
  • Variations: Ares
  • Namesakes: Aris Kalaizis, a figurative Greek-German painter associated with the New Leipzig School of German painting.
  • Popularity: Aris ranked 605th in England and Wales in 2021.
Modern, Unique

Aristotle

Aristotle was a prominent Greek philosopher whose writings covered everything from physics to ethics. The name is scarce today, replaced by the modern Aristotelis. Your little Aristotle could be a great thinker of the 21st-century.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: The best purpose
  • Pronunciation: AR-i-staht-ahl
  • Variations: Aristoteles, Aristotelis
  • Namesakes: Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in ancient Greece.
Unique, Strong

Arjun

Arjun is a heroic option among our boy names that start with A, associated with the son of the god Indra in Hindu texts. He was a skilled archer who became a devoted student of the supreme god Krishna. A strong choice for a boy of the Hindu faith.

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: White, clear
  • Pronunciation: AHR-gin
  • Variations: Arjuna
  • Namesakes: Arjun Sarja, an Indian actor, producer, and director who works predominantly in the Tamil film industry.
  • Popularity: Arjun ranked 582nd in the U.S. in 2021.
Modern, Elegant

Arlo

Short and sweet, Arlo is thought to come from Arlo Hill – the fictional location mentioned in Edmund Spenser’s poem, The Faerie Queene (1590). He likely got Arlo from Aherlow – an Irish place name meaning “between two highlands.” Arlo is a whimsical choice for a spirited boy who always looks on the bright side.

  • Origin: Irish, English
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Pronunciation: AHR-lo
  • Namesakes: Arlo Davy Guthrie, an American folk singer-songwriter known for singing protest songs against social injustice.
  • Popularity: Arlo is a popular A name for boys in the U.S., ranked 190th in 2021.
Charming, Youthful, Popular

Armando

Armando is a variation of Herman used in several European countries. Its militaristic meaning is softened by its lovely, romantic sound. Armando strikes the perfect balance between beauty and strength.

  • Origin: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Army man
  • Pronunciation: ar-MAN-doe
  • Variations: Ermanno
  • Namesakes: Armando Morales, an internationally renowned Nicaraguan painter considered one of his country’s most important painters.
  • Popularity: Armando ranked 552nd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Strong, Mature

Armani

Armani is a perfect A name for fashion lovers, associated with the high-end Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Your little Armani could have an appreciation for the finer things in life.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Son of Ermanno
  • Pronunciation: Ahr-MAH-nee
Cool, Modern, Unique

Arnold

Arnold is a mighty choice among our boy names that start with A, derived from the Germanic “arn” (eagle) and “wald” (power). Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger also bolsters its masculine image. If you think Arnold sounds too mature for a baby, try the cute nickname Arnie.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Eagle power
  • Pronunciation: AHR-nahld
  • Variations: Arnoud, Arnout, Arend
  • Namesakes: Arnold Schwarzenegger, an American actor, film producer, businessman, retired professional bodybuilder, and politician who served as the 38th governor of California.
  • Popularity: Arnold left the U.S. top 1,000 in 2004.
Strong, Old-fashioned, Traditional

Arrow

Arrow is an unusual option among our boy names with A, derived from the English word for the sharp stick used as a weapon or for sport. Warrior-related word names are “in” right now, with Blaze, Hunter, and Colt ranked in the U.S. top 1,000 in 2021. Arrow easily fits this trend.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Arrow
Modern, Badass, Unique

Arthur

In Welsh and English mythology, Arthur was a legendary Celtic king who defeated the Saxons and established a vast empire. This mighty title is a longtime favorite in the U.S., ranked in the top 200 since the late 1800s. Arthur is bold and courageous enough for modern-day royalty.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Bear man, bear king
  • Pronunciation: AHR-ther, AR-TUYR
  • Variations: Artur
  • Namesakes: Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, a British writer and physician known for his Sherlock Holmes book series.
  • Popularity: Arthur ranked 155th in the U.S. in 2021.
Traditional, Strong, Common
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Asa

Asa is a short n’ sweet biblical name associated with the third king of Judah. The name sounds more hip and modern than other Old Testament picks like Moses or Abraham. A notable namesake is Hugo (2011) and X + Y (2014) actor Asa Butterfield.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Healer
  • Pronunciation: AY-sah
  • Namesakes: Asa Gray, an American botanist of the 19th-century who studied North American flora.
  • Popularity: Asa ranked 496th in the U.S. in 2021.
Simple, Old-fashioned, Religious

Ash

Ash is a great first or middle name option for boys, given its elegance, simplicity, and associations with fire. For boys, it’s often short for Ashton or Asher, whereas, for girls, it’s short for Ashley. An excellent option for simple name enthusiasts.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ash tree clearing
  • Namesakes: Ash Stymest, an English model, actor, and musician known for presenting on MTV Bang from 2010 to 2011.
Natural, Simple, Youthful

Asher

Asher is an Old Testament name born by one of the sons of Jacob. It’s cheerful yet sensitive – perfect for a thoughtful boy with a sunny disposition. Asher has been in the U.S. top 100 since 2014. We predict it’ll continue to rise until it’s at the top.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Happy, blessed
  • Variations: Aser
  • Namesakes: Asher Paul Roth, an American rapper best known for his debut single “I Love College.”
  • Popularity: Asher ranked 25th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Religious, Cute, Popular

Ashton

Ashton was a rare name for males until the 1980s, when it took off for both genders. Today, the name is primarily masculine, likely influenced by American actor Ashton Kutcher. Ashton is made even more adorable by the cute nickname, Ash.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ash tree town
  • Variations: Ashtyn
  • Namesakes: Ashton Kutcher, an American actor, producer, entrepreneur, and former model.
  • Popularity: Ashton ranked 147th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cool, Cute, Modern

Aslan

Brave and exotic, Aslan is best known as the wise lion character in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series. Aslan was a royal name born by several Turkic rulers in medieval times. A regal name for your little prince.

  • Origin: Turkish
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Pronunciation: AAZ-laan
  • Variations: Arslan
  • Namesakes: Aslan Kazbekovich Karatsev, a Russian-Israeli professional tennis player who reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 14 in 2022.
  • Popularity: Aslan ranked 86th in Azerbaijan in 2021.
Strong, Unique

Aspen

Aspen is a nature-inspired name associated with the aspen tree. It’s also the name of a ski resort in Colorado. Perfect for nature enthusiasts who love spending time in snowy forests.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Aspen tree
  • Variations: Aspyn
Natural, Charming, Youthful

Astor

Astor is derived from the Occitan “astur” (hawk). It was originally a surname and a nickname for a strong, hawklike man. Another association is with the wealthy Astor family, well-known in American and British society.

  • Origin: English, Occitan
  • Meaning: Hawk
  • Pronunciation: AS-tahr
Badass, Natural, Unique

Atlas

Atlas hails from Greek mythology, born by a Titan that Zeus forced to hold the weight of the heavens and earth on his shoulders. The name has an adventurous feel, given its connection to the book of maps and charts. An excellent option for a future explorer.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: To endure
  • Pronunciation: AT-lahs
  • Namesakes: Atlas Ramachandran, an Indian jeweler, film producer and actor who was the chairman of Atlas Jewellery.
  • Popularity: Atlas ranked 149th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Mythical, Popular

Atreus

Atreus is a mythological choice among our boy names that start with A, associated with a king of Mycenae and son of Pelops and Hippodamia. It’s derived from a negative Greek prefix and “treo” (to fear, to flee). This unusual title will undoubtedly turn heads.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Fearless
  • Pronunciation: AY-tree-uhs
  • Popularity: Atreus is a new A name for boys, first making the U.S. charts in 2019.
Mythical, Badass, Unique

Atticus

Warm and inviting, Atticus is derived from “Attikos” (from Attica), referencing a region near Athens in Greece. The name is associated with the beloved Alabama lawyer in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). An attractive option for literary fans.

  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: From Attica
  • Pronunciation: AH-tuh-kuhs
  • Variations: Attikos
  • Namesakes: Atticus Matthew Cowper Ross, an English musician, and composer who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network in 2010.
  • Popularity: Atticus ranked 266th in the U.S. in 2021.
Traditional, Charming
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Auden

Auden was originally a surname, ultimately derived from the Germanic given name Aldwin. Auden is soft and gentle – perfect for a sweet boy with a gentle soul. The name has yet to make the U.S. top 1,000 for either gender, appealing to unique name enthusiasts.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Old friend
  • Pronunciation: AW-den
  • Variations: Audin, Audyn
Cute, Unique

August

August is an alternative form of Augustus and the English word for the eighth month of the year. This name is very hot among celebrities, with Princess Eugenie of England, actress Mandy Moore, and rock singer Dave Matthews all choosing it for their sons. A stylish option for a future trendsetter.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: Exalted, venerable
  • Namesakes: August Wilson, an American playwright best known for a series of ten plays called The Pittsburgh Cycle.
  • Popularity: August ranked 121st for U.S. boys in 2021.
Popular

Augustus

Are you looking for sophisticated A names for boys suited for royalty? You can’t go wrong with Augustus, associated with the first Roman emperor and three kings of Poland. Augustus screams power and authority. This title is well-suited for a future world leader.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: Exalted, venerable
  • Pronunciation: aw-GUS-tahs
  • Namesakes: Augustus Pugin, an English architect, designer, and critic known for pioneering the Gothic Revival style of architecture.
  • Popularity: Augustus ranked 457th in the U.S. in 2021.
Old-fashioned, Strong

Austin

Friendly and likable, Austin was originally a medieval form of the English Augustine. But today, it’s often selected because of the hip city in Texas. Austin’s popularity has declined since the early 90s. But it’s still a charming choice worthy of consideration.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Exalted, venerable
  • Pronunciation: AWS-tin
  • Variations: Austen, Auston, Austyn
  • Namesakes: Austin Harris Mahone, an American singer, songwriter, and professional wrestler known for his songs Say Somethin, Say You’re Just a Friend, and Mmm Yeah.
  • Popularity: Austin was the 96th most popular name for U.S. boys in 2021.
Common

Avery

Avery is a whimsical and freeing name, similar to high-flying words like “aves” (AKA birds) or “aviation.” Avery is staunchly rooted in the unisex category, with 6770 girls and 1787 boys in the U.S. receiving the name in 2021. Its elf association may appeal to fantasy lovers.

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Elf ruler
  • Variations: Averie
  • Namesakes: Avery Brundage, an American sports administrator who served as the fifth president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972.
  • Popularity: Avery ranked 210th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Elegant, Old-fashioned, Popular

Aviel

Aviel is a modern form of the Hebrew name Abiel, associated with the grandfather of Saul in the Old Testament. Members of the Jewish faith often use it. Aviel is traditional but not outdated, perfectly balancing the old with the new.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My God is my father
  • Pronunciation: AY-vee-el
  • Variations: Abiel
  • Namesakes: Aviel Roshwald, an American historian and professor of history at Georgetown University.
  • Popularity: Aviel was the 96th most popular name for boys in Israel in 2020.
Modern, Religious

Axel

Axel is a trendy A name for boys, ranked in the U.S. top 100 since 2018. Although it sounds modern, the name’s quite old, first used as the medieval Danish form of Absalom. Axel is masculine and rugged, in the same category as Blaze, Archer, and Maddox.

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: My father is peace
  • Pronunciation: AK-sahl
  • Variations: Aksel
  • Namesakes: Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna af Södermöre, a Swedish statesman and count who was a confidant of King Gustavus Adolphus.
  • Popularity: Axel was the 76th most popular name for U.S. boys in 2021.
Badass, Cool, Popular

Axton

Axton is a badass option on our list of guy names that start with A, first entering the U.S. top 1,000 in 2012. This super macho pick sounds badass enough for a modern-day warrior. Other “-ton” names like Colton, Easton, and Weston have already made their way into the U.S. top 100. We predict Axton isn’t far behind.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Sword stone
  • Popularity: Axton ranked 602nd in the U.S. in 2021.
Cool, Strong, Badass

Ayman

Ayman is derived from the Arabic root word for “right,” interpreted to mean “righteous,” “right-handed,” or “he who is on the right.” It was traditionally a masculine name but has been given to some women in Pakistan.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Right-handed
  • Pronunciation: IE-man
  • Variations: Aiman, Eymen
  • Namesakes: Ayman ibn ʿUbayd, an early Muslim and companion of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
  • Popularity: Ayman ranked 407th for boys in England and Wales in 2021.
Elegant

Azrael

Azrael is the Angel of Death in some Jewish and Islamic traditions. He is responsible for transporting the souls of the dead and removing their names from the book of life. This spooky yet powerful title may attract parents who enjoy all things mystical and strange.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Helped by God
  • Pronunciation: AZ-ray-uhl
  • Popularity: Azrael ranked 836th in the U.S. in 2021.
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A Names for Boys FAQs

What Is a Unique Name for a Boy That Starts with A?

Some of the most unusual guy names that start with A are Aage (ancestor), Arrow (bow), and Ames (friend). Some unique A names for boys recently entering the U.S. top 1,000 are Atreus (fearless), Azrael (helped by God), and Amias (friend).

What Is the Prettiest Name for a Boy That Starts with A?

Some of the prettiest A names for boys are also the most popular, like Alexander, Aiden, and Asher. Other appealing options are more original, like Alaric or Alden. Some attractive options, such as Augustus, Ambrose, or Avery, are more traditional.

There are a wide variety of handsome male names that start with A. So choose whichever ones you prefer the most!

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Chelsea Nelthropp previously worked with special needs children before transitioning to her current passion, freelance writing. She's written on a plethora of topics and enjoys the diversity of her work. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, creating artwork, reading about true crime, and spending time with her husband and their adorable French Bulldog, Stella.
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