Rare ‘A’ Names For Boys

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And finally, a list of rare ‘A’ names for boys used in 2016!  This follows up on Parts 1 and 2 of “Rare ‘A’ Names for Girls.”  Next up – ‘B’ names!

If you haven’t already read the girls’ lists or want a refresher: this post is part of a series where I select especially interesting rare names used in 2016 that begin with a particular letter and compile them into a list organized by raw usage!  The data comes from the Social Security Administration, which publishes America’s most popular baby names every year (and then some).  Enjoy!

  • 150-202 usage range: Abner, Antoine, Aarush, Alaric, Aksel, Aries, Adler, Adiel, Andreas, Aedan, Aston, Ansel, Aditya, Abdulrahman, Addison, Ander
  • 100-150: Alton, Atreyu, Aven, Ash, Avraham, Adolfo, Archie, Axle, Arham, Aubrey, Advik, Atharv, Arrow, Amias, Aurelio, Azrael, Azael, Antony, Auden, Alexavier
  • 75-99: Alister, Abdullahi, Arnold, Ambrose, Alexandre, Aspen, Aziel, Akiva, Avian, Ames, Alessio, Aris, Amin, Arvin, Azaiah, Aharon, Angus
  • 50-74: Abelardo, Alder, Ashwin, Adnan, Amadeus, Abiel, Ammon, Asaiah, Abe, Alpha, Alston, Aramis, Avett, Adonai, Abbott, Atom, Augustin, Alain, Aceson, Archibald
  • 25-49: Akhil, Alastair, Aslan, Abdias, Arius, Aurelius, Aviel, Akshay, Alphonse, Anwar, Abimael, Amaziah, Anibal, Armand, Ayrton, Arnulfo, Ayce, Able, Asael, Abir, Amadou, Ananias, Abriel, Ascher, Avyukth, Aayansh, Adil, Alexei, Ashley, Adair, Adham, Ajani, Ajax, Amadeo, Amaury, Amor, Adael, Aking, Alphonso, Aquiles, Aristotle, Ashby, Abisai, Aero, Audric, Aviv, Alias, Amaru, Azazel, Arath, Artemis, Azarias, Aldon, Alfie, Amador, Avenir, Alanzo, Alexandros
  • 15-24: Ahnaf, Aleister, Amory, Antonino, Artemio, Athanasios, Adalberto, Alasdair, Amogh, Antwone, Alp, Arun, Amore, Adams, Aengus, Arsalan, Arush, Asaph, Ashe, Atley, Auguste, Avigdor, Abijah, Aboubacar, Aleck, Anchor, Art, Asiah, Axtyn, Azim, Aeon, Afton, Alastor, Alhassan, Almir, Anias, Apollos, Argenis, Ashdon, Aws, Afnan, Aldrin, Aloysius, Anastasios, Athanasius, Avner, Azure
  • 10-14: Arsenio, Arslan, Asser, Avon, Azaria, Azul, Abenezer, Addis, Adonias, Aemon, Aizik, Akoni, Aldous, Aldrich, Alric, Amelio, Andriel, Anselmo, Ansen, Aodhan, Arlington, Aseel, Ashraf, Auggie, Aureliano, Adonijah, Altair, Alucard, Alvis, Amun, Anselm, Antonius, Arafat, Archimedes, Archivaldo, Aristides, Artez, Axiel, Akbar, Alazar, Aniket, Arbor, Archit, Arnaldo, Artyom, Augie, Avante, Axeton, Ayomikun, Acheron, Adal, Agasthya, Alvino, Andrej, Aoi, Aquila, Arcangel, Arinze, Arno, Arrington, Arson, Arwin, Ashford, Augusten
  • 9: Adlai, Adorian, Aladdin, Alban, Albeiro, Albin, Aldahir, Aldric, Alva, Alwin, Amando, Americo, Anduin, Antonios, Arlie, Arlis, Attila, Augustino, Avelino, Avis, Ayodeji, Ayotunde
  • 8: Abdulkhaliq, Abimelec, Adebayo, Adedayo, Ademola, Adewale, Adrick, Agrim, Alano, Albion, Albus, Alcides, Alma, Amante, Andrzej, Angelus, Anthem, Aristotelis, Arran, Artist, Arvid, Aulden, Avetis, Avishai, Awesome
  • 7: Abie, Abshir, Acelin, Acie, Ackley, Adefolarin, Adeyemi, Adolph, Adolphus, Aeneas, Akhilles, Alameen, Alby, Alejo, Alioune, Alisher, Amaro, Amirali, Amitai, Amius, Angelino, Antonin, Arinzechukwu, Arne, Arnie, Aroyal, Asadbek, Astor, Athens, Augusta, Autry, Avelardo, Axis, Ayo, Azrael
  • 6: Abednego, Adaiah, Adetokunbo, Adilson, Adoniyah, Adore, Aesop, Agamveer, Agostino, Ahmednur, Akhilleus, Akiem, Albino, Aleph, Alexanderjames, Alexus, Alireza, Alphonzo, Amish, Ammiel, Amour, Amyas, Anagh, Anant, Anatole, Antares, Ante,* Antron, Aqeel, Aristeo, Armstrong, Arseny, Artavious, Artemiy, Ase, Astro, Aten, Auburn, Avander, Ayinde, Ayombami, Ayotomi, Azarel
  • 5: Aabid, Abba, Abbot, Aceion, Aceton, Achyuth, Adagio, Adedoyin, Adelino, Adeoluwa, Adoniah, Agapito, Akachi, Akachukwu, Akito, Aland, Alante, Albaro, Alborz, Alduin, Aldwin, Alegend, Alexie, Alexius, Algernon, Alikhan, Amarious, Amedeo, Amichai, Amillion, Ananda, Anfernee,** Aniceto, Antonello, Aquarius, Aragorn, Arcadio, Arlando, Arly, Armor, Asahel, Ashland, Aster, Astraeus, Attilio, Atul, Aubin, Audi, Aurick, Averett, Avighna, Avinoam, Avriel, Axon, Aztlan

*I wonder how many “Up the Ante” jokes they’ll encounter

**Anfernee, a rather distinctive variant of Anthony, was briefly popular in the mid-1990s.  Nowadays, it mostly reminds people of a certain line from Mean Girls (2004).

What do you think?  Do you have any favorites?  Least-favorites?  General thoughts?  Let me know in the comments, and keep an eye out for the ‘B’ names!

 

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