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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Rare ‘A’ Names for Girls (Part 2)

screen-shot-2017-07-10-at-2-31-08-pm.pngAs promised, here is the second half of my list of rare girls’ names starting with the letter ‘A!’  You can read Part 1 here

If you’re just tuning in, this post is part of a larger series about rare American baby names!  The latest birth data from the Social Security Administration covers baby names from 2016.  For this series, I’m focusing on interesting rare names by letter of the alphabet. 

  • 10-14 usage range: Abrish, Adalynd, Adelyna, Ahitana, Ala, Alabama, Alaiia, Alira, Alishba, Alyrica*, Anishka, Anouk, Areeba, Arfa, Arielis, Asees, Avana, Averiana, Aanshi, Aaradhana, Aaralynn, Adalei, Adiba, Adriella, Aemillia, Aivy, Aizlynn, Akshita, Alika, Alitzel, Altair, Alyla, Amalee, Amarisa, Anamta, Ananda, Anavey, Anise, Ashna, Ashvika, Audi, Avira, Abcde, Aberdeen, Abisha, Abra, Adabella, Adelind, Adna, Adonai, Adrika, Afomia, Ailsa, Ajanae, Albina, Alianys, Alivea, Almas, Alonnie, Alveena, Alyria**, Alyzabeth, Anaveah, Anavi, Aneri, Anoushka, Aphrodite, Apolonia, Aquila, Artemisia, Ashari, Ashe, Aaylah, Afia, Afifa, Aideen, Amarachukwu, Amrutha, Anastasija, Anberlin, Aniko, Annalena, Annetta, Aoi, Apple, Arabel, Asal, Athziry, Avenly, Avilene, Aviv, Ayaka, Azel, Aashritha, Adesuwa, Africa, Afsheen, Ailis, Ajooni, Akhila, Akire, Allizon, Amanat, Amrita, Anuoluwapo, Apolline, Arlington, Arrington, Avanelle, Ayliana, Azora, Azula
  • 9 uses: Aarini, Aasha, Aashka, Abaigeal, Abiah, Absalat, Adamae, Aderinsola, Adrita, Adwoa, Airlie, Akela, Akshadha, Aleshka, Allaire, Alyena, Alyn, Amabel, Amberllina, Amberlin, Americus, Amerika, Amparo, Anani, Anastazja, Annlynn, Anthea, Aoki, Areni, Arrietty, Audianna, Avabelle, Avian, Axelle, Azarie
  • 8 uses: Abeer, Abelina, Adaleyza, Adanya, Adelisa, Aerie, Afra, Afreen, Ajna, Akanksha, Akyla, Alanoud, Alette, Aljawhara, Almendra, Almina, Alpha, Amazing, Ambry, Ameyalli, Anab, Ananiah, Anori, Anushree, Arlena, Asenat, Aseneth, Atlantis, Aulora, Aurore, Avis, Azmariah, Azori
  • 7 uses: Aagna, Abhigna, Abisola, Acsa, Addlynn, Admire, Advita, Afsa, Agape, Aichatou, Aishleen, Aisosa, Ajaya, Aketzaly, Aki, Akriti, Aksha, Alberta, Aleli, Alys, Alyssum, Amadea, Amirykal, Amunet, Anjalee, Annabellee, Anqi, Anta, Antonette, Aponi, Apphia, Aqua, Arena, Argelia, Arly, Armina, Asfia, Asherah, Aslan, Atari, Athanasia, Atia, Auroara, Avangelina, Avreet, Avryl, Avryn, Azadeh, Azaylee
  • 6 uses: Aamori, Adamarie, Adar, Adau, Adayla, Adlai, Adoniah, Adonis, Aeiress, Afsana, Aggie, Ahilyn, Ai, Aizza, Akshitha, Amalthea, Amata, Amatullah, Amazin, Ambriella, Ameliamae, Amoree, Amoriana, Amunique, Aneira, Angeliki, Angle, Antara, Anureet, Anushri, Anwen, Anwyn, Apsara, Aracelia, Aritzel, Arius, Aruna, Arvella, Aseret, Aset, Asfiya, Ashrita, Astin, Atlanta, Attica, Azelle, Azhani, Azriella
  • 5 uses: Aadriti, Aafiyah, Aashirya, Aazeen, Abdia, Abhirami, Acelee, Achol, Acie, Adannaya, Addisun, Adebola, Ador, Adorable, Adrijana, Adut, Aelia, Aenea, Aero, Afeni, Ahsoka, Aidaly, Aimen, Akali, Akiko, Akiva, Akosua, Akshada, Akur, Alchemy, Alder, Alencia, Alfonsina, Alhana, Allinson, Aloe, Alohilani, Altaira, Aluel, Alvie, Amabelle, Amaranta, Amaranth, Ambika, Amilliona, Amorae, Aneeksha, Aneres, Anezka, Anfal, Anivia, Anju, Anllely, Annapurna, Anneth, Anoop, Anshu, Anthonia, Aparna, Aquinnah, Aramis, Arbella, Ardis, Arleny, Artist, Arveen, Asiana, Asmara, Assia, Asta, Asteria, Athalie, Athenea, Athulya, Aureliana, Autry, Avabella, Avaia, Avemaria, Avett, Aviary, Awi, Ayak, Ayled, Ayomiposi, Azar, Azeriah, Azzahra

*Isn’t Alyrica a medication?  My google-fu suggests it might be a telecom, too…

**Additionally, a Google search for Alyria brings up a skin-care product.  Possible name for a twin sister to Aloe, also in this list?  

What do you think?  Are there any names that you love, hate, or otherwise stick out to you?  Let me know in the comments!  Stay tuned for the boys’ list. 🙂

 

Rare ‘A’ Names for Girls (Part 1)

Rare 'A' Girls Names 2016

Remember how much fun my “Below the Top 1000” lists were?  I miss writing them, and I miss the conversations they produced.  So, I’ve decided to revive them for the 2016 data set, but there’s a twist!  Rather than posting lists of names by frequency, I will post the 2016 lists alphabetically.  I will continue including usage ranges, but they aren’t the focus this time.  Hopefully these alphabetical selections will help any readers who want to give their children (or characters) names beginning with the same letter!

The letter ‘A’ is extremely common for names today – and especially for girls’ names!  To create the list of rare girls’ names beginning with ‘A,’ I had to pick out the most interesting ones out of nearly 3,000 unique entries below the U.S. top 1000!  That means sifting through hundreds of transliterations and alternate spellings. 

Anyway, because there are so many fascinating rare names available for the letter ‘A’, I’m splitting this first post into two parts (this won’t be the case for most letters).  I’d like to avoid repeating too many spellings of the same rare names unless said spellings are especially interesting!

Here is “Rare ‘A’ Names for Girls (Part 1)!”  Like the 2015’s Below the Top 1000 series, this series relies on publicly available data from the Social Security Administration.* 

  • 200-260 range: Abrielle, Akira, Aimee, Aminah, Amora, America, Arleth, Arlette, Agnes, Anais, August, Adalee, Araceli, Adela
  • 150-199: Annette, Ashton, Aida, Aveline, Ariadna, Anita, Araya**, Ananya, Ashanti, Amethyst, Avalon
  • 100-149: Artemis, Akshara, Arlene, Adina, Amal, Aditi, Arwen, Arabelle, Avril, Adalind, Alba, Anjali, Amberly, Annalisa, Arizona, Avia, Azul, Avigail, Anissa, Aviva, Aoife, Asma
  • 75-99: Aura, Alanis, Aeris, Amor, Abilene, Adelia, Austen, Amaria, Avelyn, Amiracle, Ashleigh, Aven, Acacia, Annora, Afton, Aminata, Avonlea, Adah, Adlee, Abella, Avary, Ahuva, Agatha
  • 50-74: Arina, Aziyah***, Advika, Aseel, Anja, Arrow, Anayeli, Aries, Adira, Antoinette, Ayat, Ainara, Amna, Azeneth, Alizabeth, Ahana, Andromeda, Angelia, Avelina, Aja, Azari, Adria, Aulani, Avni, Acelynn, Adara, Arlo, Anabia, Adora, Amairany, Anela, Ara, Allegra, Aziza, Alaska, Aashi, Amen, Annsley
  • 25-49: Aeryn, Ailee, Anari, Azuri, Adelaida, Amyiah, Aisling, Amaryllis, Analicia, Ainhoa, Amalie, Amore, Aletheia, Aline, Amena, Arbor, Adore, Aiyla, Amity, Averly, Azucena, Auden, Ayelen, Ami, Angeles, Aniela, Atley, Azura, Adamaris, Arsema, Atalia, Ahlam, Ailish, Akari, Alida, Arisha, Avila, Anaelle, Aishani, Amoura, Akshaya, Arantxa, Auburn, Acadia, Ailin, Akeelah, Aolani, Archer, Atarah, Ayelet, Aine, Amarachi, Amour, Anh, Arisbeth, Ameliana, Allura, Alvina, Amarissa, Anuhea, Aishwarya, Aleksa, Antonina, Adelaine, Aerith, Aissatou, Anagha, Ariam, Akasha, Aster, Akemi, Alix, Alva, Alysse, Angelic, Aolanis, Abisai, Aiko, Alahia, Augusta
  • 15-24: Adalida, Amada, Anvitha, Ayumi, Afnan, Alaisha, Alexie, Alley, Alyx, Aella, Alaijah, Anara, Anijah, Auset, Adabelle, Alaine, Anshika, Arietta, Astraea, Avnoor, Azrielle, Adair, Adelise, Alaila, Albany, Almira, Amylia, Amzie, Aurelie, Avantika, Aviella, Abria, Adama, Aeliana, Aixa, Ajla, Alazne, Alexiana, Aliciana, Amare, Analeia, Anusha, Anzal, Ashleen, Astoria, Astra, Ayeza, Ayomide, Aerial, Aibhlinn, Ailed, Anahita, Anaid, Anjelica, Anjolaoluwa, Asani, Asra, Abigaelle, Adelita, Adya, Ahava, Aidana, Ainslie, Alera, Alicja, Alis, Allure, Ambrosia, Amorette, Anaaya, Apollonia, Arcadia, Areen, Arial, Arista, Arlynn, Ashira, Astella, Augustina, Avital, Adaeze, Adel, Adelheid, Aditri, Agata, Ahmiyah, Aitiana, Ajwa, Akua, Ama, Amahia, Amulya, Anaika, Anjana, Anneke, Ariabella, Asenath, Ashby, Asmi, Athaliah, Aysel, Aza, Azarah, Azelie, Abeeha, Abrar, Abri, Adaira, Adaleah, Adileny, Airyanna, Alayjah, Alexianna, Aliani, Amar, Amel, Amra, Angelisse, Annakate, Annasophia, Aqsa, Ares, Arpi, Aryssa, Ashland, Athea, Avanthika, Aviendha

*My color-coding:

  • Magenta = Usage in 2016 / at last count was overwhelmingly (>90%) female
  • Blue = Usage in 2016 was overwhelmingly (>90%) male
  • Purple = Usage is somewhere in between / unisex

**I’m thinking that at least some of the girls named Araya (and other spellings) have the middle name SunshineAraya Sunshine, get it?  Only half-joking…

***Not sure whether Aziyah is a variant of “Asia” or a Biblical name; in other words, not sure whether it’s pronounced like Asia//Aja or uh-ZYE-uh.  Maybe either, depending on the user?

What do you think?  Are there any names here that pop out at you?  Let me know in the comments, and stay tuned for Part 2 of the girls’ names! 

UPDATE: Part 2!