Baby girl names beginning with A

Looking for baby name ideas for a girl that start with the 1st letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some amazing suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter A

Read our list of great baby girl names beginning with A and their origins and meanings to find out whether your daughter could be an Aashi, April or Avis

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1. Aahna

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: First rays of the sun
  • Also: Aashni

2. Aarohi

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: A musical note

3. Aashi

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: Beautiful smile

4. Abana

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: Strong personality

5. Abbie

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: a father’s joy
  • Also: Abigail

6. Abigail

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: father’s happiness’
  • Also: Abbie, Abby, Gail

7. Abira

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: strong or heroic

8. Absco

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: an innovative mind

9. Acacia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: the name of a plant

10. Achebe

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: protected by the Almighty

11. Ada

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: noble
  • Also: Adah, Adelaide, Adela

12. Adaeh

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: responsible

13. Adah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: decoration
  • Also: Ada

14. Adama

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: red; the feminine form of Adam

15. Adamma

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: beauty

16. Adana

  • Origin: Swahili
  • Meaning: first daughter
  • Also: Ada

17. Adar

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: fire

18. Adela

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: noble
  • Also: Addie, Addy, Adele (French form)

19. Adéle

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: noble
  • Also: Adelaide

20. Adelaide

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: high-born
  • Also: Ada

21. Adeline

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: noble
  • Also: Alina, Aline, Adelyn, Adelynn

22. Adelphia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: sisterly

23. Adina

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: responsible

24. Adolpha

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: noble wolf

25. Adora

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: cherished gift

26. Adorabella

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lovely gift

27. Adrienne

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: from Adria
  • Also: Adrianne, Adriana

28. Agatha

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: good
  • Also: Aggie, Aggy

29. Aglaia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: beautiful

30. Agnes

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: pure
  • Alos: Aggie, Aggy, Nessa, Nessie, Nesta, Annis, Inez (Spanish form)

31. Aiko

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: beloved one

32. Aileen

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: bright, shining one; the Irish form is Eileen

33. Ailsa

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: a place name used as a first name, derived from Ailsa Craig, the rock off the Scottish south-west coast

34. Ainsley

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: one’s own meadow; also used as a boy’s name

35. Aisha

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: flourishing
  • Also: Aiesha, Ayisha, Ayesha

36. Aisling

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: dream
  • Also: Aisleen

37. Aithne

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Fire
  • Also: Aine

38. Aiysha

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: complete and powerful person

39. Alana

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: unknown; the feminine form of Alan
  • Also: Alanna, Lana.

40. Alberta

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: noble and bright; the feminine form of Albert

41. Albina

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: fair-haired
  • Also: Albinia

42. Alcina

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: strong of mind

43. Alda

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: old

44. Aldora

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: high-born

45. Alethea

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: truth

46. Alexandra

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: defender of men; – the feminine form of Alexander
  • Also: Alexandria, Alexandrina, Sandra, Sandie, Sandy Lexie, Lexy

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47. Alexis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: helpmate
  • Also: Alexia, Alexa

48. Alfreda

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: good counsellor; the feminine form of Alfred
  • Also: Elfreda, Elfrida, Freda

49. Alia

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: all

50. Alia

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: supreme

51. Alice

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: noble
  • Also: Alicia, Alisha, Alyssa, Alissa, Alysia, Ailish, Ali, Allie, Alley, Elke (German form)

52. Alida

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: noble kin
  • Also: Adelaide

53. Alima

  • Origin: Arab
  • Meaning: musical

54. Aline

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: graceful and noble
  • Also: Adeline

55. Alison

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Alice’s son
  • Also: Allison, Allyson, Allie, Ally.

56. Alissa

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: noble
  • Also: Alice

57. Allegra

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: cheerful, full of life

58. Alma

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: loving, kind

59. Almira

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: princess

60. Alta

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: noble

61. Althea

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: virtuous
  • Also: Thea

62, Alura

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: counsellor

63. Alvina

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: dear friend
  • Also: Vina

64. Alyth

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: ascending, rising; name of a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

65. Amabel

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: endearing
  • Also: Mabel

66. Amalia

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: work
  • Also: Amelia

67. Amaira

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: beloved princess, beautiful

68Amahle

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: beautiful gift

69. Amanda

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: fit to be loved
  • Also: Manda, Mandy

70. Amar

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Possess great strength

71. Amaryllis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: to sparkle; the name of a flower

72. Amber

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: name of the rare gemstone

73. Ambrin

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: ambergris, a sweet substance used in the manufacture of perfume
  • Also: Ambreen

74. Ambrosine

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: pertaining to the immortals; the feminine form of Ambrose

75. Amelia

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: labour
  • Also: Amalia, Amalie, Amalita, Milly

76. Amethyst

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: name of a gemstone used as a first name

77. Amina

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: honest
  • Also: Amena, Aamena

78. Aminta

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: protector
  • Also: Amynta, Minta, Minty

79. Amrita

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: water of life

80. Amy

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: beloved
  • Also: Aimée (French form), Amata, Aimie.

81. Anais

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: plentiful

82. Ananda

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: Happiness
  • Also: Anandi, Anandamayi

83. Anastasia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: resurrection
  • Also: Nastasia, Stacey, Stacy, Eustacia

84. Ancilla

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: handmaid

85. Andrea

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: manly; the feminine form of Andrew
  • Also: Andrée, Andrene, Andrena, Andrina

86. Aneka

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: God’s grace
  • Also:Ann

87. Angela

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: messenger
  • Also: Angel, Angelique, Angelica, Angeline, Angie

88. Angelica

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: angelic

89. Angharad

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: well-loved

90. Anika

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: graceful, brilliant or sweet-faced; one of the many names for the Goddess Durga

91. Anila

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: air

92. Ann

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: favoured by God, the name is derived from Hannah
  • Also: Anne, Anna, Anita, Annette, Anona; Nan, Nanette, Nancy, Annie; Aneka (Dutch form) Anneka (Dutch form), Nina (Russian form)

93. Annabel

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: uncertain
  • Also: Annabelle, Annabella, Bella, Belle

94. Anona

  • Origin: possibly the Welsh form of Ann
  • Also: Annona, Nona

95. Anora

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: beauty
  • Also: Annora

96. Anthea

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: flowery

97. Antonia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: worthy of praise; the feminine form of Antony
  • Also: Antoinette, Toni, Tonya, Net, Nettie

98. Anwen

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: beautiful

99. Aphra

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: dust
  • Also: Afra

100. April

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: name of the month used as a first name
  • Also: Avril (French form)

101. Arabbella

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: obliging
  • Also: Arabel, Arabelle, Bel, Belle and Bella

102. Araminta

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: protector
  • Also: Minta, Minty

103. Aretha

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: virtue
  • Also: Areta, Aretta

104. Argenta

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: silver

105. Aria

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: air or a song

106. Ariadne

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: very holy
  • Also: Arianne (French form), Arianna (Italian form)

107. Ariel

  • Origin: Hebrew, Spanish
  • Meaning: lion of God
  • Also: Arial, Arielle

108. Arizona

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: small spring

109. Arlene

  • Origin: Uncertain, possibly Irish Gaelic
  • Meaning: possibly feminine form of Arlen, from Irish Gaelic meaning pledge, promise
  • Also: Arleen and Arline

110. Arminel

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: derived from Hermine, composed from the two Germanic elements meaning army and man
  • Also: Armine

111. Artemisia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: belonging to Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting

112. Aruna

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: reddish brown
  • Also: Arumina

113. Arya

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: wise or noble

114. Asha

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: hope and desire

115. Ashley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: ash field; also used as a boy’s name

116. Asma

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: eminent and powerful

117. Aspasia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: welcome

118. Astrid

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: strong god

119. Atalanta

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: name of a beautiful girl in Greek mythology who said that she would only marry a man who could run faster than herself

120. Athene

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: name of a Greek goddess
  • Also: Athena

121. Athol

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: name of a district in both Scotland and Ireland

122. Audrey

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: noble strength

123. Augusta

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: reverenced
  • Also: Augustina, Gus, Gussie

124. Aurea

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: golden

125. Aurelia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: golden
  • Also: Auriel, Oriel, Oriole

126. Aurora

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: name of the goddess of the dawn

127. Ava

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: life, bird, water, island

128. Aveline

  • Origin: Norman French
  • Meaning: desired; hazelnut
  • Also: Evelyn

129. Averil

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: born in the month of April
  • Also: Averill

130. Avis

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: bird

131. Azima

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: tenacious

132. Azure

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: blue
  • Also: Azura

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years. 

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