Names that begin with 'A' rising in popularity

Baby names that start with the letter "A" have been on the rise for several years now -- with choices such as Ava and Aiden high on the popularity list, Asher and Adelaide rising fast, and names such as Abel and Aurora poised to take off.

Besides their high-fashion status along with other vowel names, studies show that children whose first names begin with "A" might earn higher marks in school, get into better colleges and even live longer.

The appetite for "A" names is so healthy that parents are searching for ever-newer and fresher varieties.

Nameberry's behind-the-scenes popularity data show a wave of unusual "A" names attracting interest from baby-namers.

Hot new "A" names you might not have considered include: