Baby Name Sets Using the Letter “A”

A fan wrote in and asked this:

I would like to get some ideas from your followers. We are pregnant with our third, and trying to figure out a name. We have a son named Aiden Cole, and a daughter named Annika Aubrey. I am stuck on “a” names… But for each of our children we had chosen other names too, that did not begin with a. I am not sure how we want to name this one, if we want to go with “a” or not. I’d love to hear some ideas on name sets, with or without starting with “a”. I like traditional/non traditional and even some more unusual/unique names. Last name is Burke. Thank you!!

Usually I tell people that once you’ve started a trend, you’re better off finishing it (rather than leaving a child the “odd one out”). However, I do think there are plenty of exceptions for this. Examples?

  • When you know you’ll be having more children in the future. This way, one child will clearly not be the one left out, so long as you also do not reuse the popular letter.
  • When you want something to seem a little comical or whimsical. Jane, Joey, Jason, and Bob (for example).
  • When you don’t care if people realize you simply ran out of ideas for that initial.
  • When you are about to add your third “K” person to your household.

On the page, our friend Angel offered this advice:

Go with what you love first, and if its an A, that’s a bonus. I can’t imagine many people who would like their name story to be “because my siblings were A names”.

So, as requested, here are some examples put in the perspective of name sets/sib sets with Aiden and Annika. We’ll use A-names and otherwise, just so you can get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Hopefully, you’ll like something you see here, or it will inspire you toward the best choice for you. (FYI…. I often write out my children’s names like this when I am planning out new baby names.)

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Jake Yuan Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Agnieszka Esmeralda Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Anthony Carlos Burke


Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Ava Kylie Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Atticus Eli Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Alanna Victoria Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Aaron Chase Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Alli Anna Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Austin Jonathan Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Lillian Serenity Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Asten Leonard Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Alisa Amerie Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Arrowe Aspen Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Quinden Caccia Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Bice Gamma Burke

Aiden Cole Burke
Annika Aubrey Burke
Abbikah Dempsey Burke

One thing I would ask this namer– what are some of your favorite names? Would any of them plug in nicely in any of the names sets above?

For readers:   Which sibset did you like best? How would you complete the sibset?

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Unique J Boys Names

Julie asked:

We need a boy name with a good meaning that starts with letter J! Something unique??;)

Sure, let me bounce some of these off of you and we’ll see what might work. “Unique” and “good” are totally relative, of course, so we just hope we can get somewhere in the arena of your taste.

Jacques
“Supplanter”, means seizing by the heel, or following after. Usually has a negative vibe, but can be considered something of a trickster.
Unique because these days (in English speaking countries especially), it is unexpected for a baby but not unheard of.

Jorion
Taken from Greek & French, roughly could mean “I am Orion”.
Pretty unique since it is invented. Downside is, it sounds a bit like “drying”.

Jentleman
Well… means “gentleman”…
Unique, and not for the faint of heart.

Ji
“to record”, “remember”, or “a sign”.

photo by Rudy Madian

Unique for English speakers, 记 could actually stand to be followed by another character. Most Chinese personal names have 2 characters. This is a good start, though.