Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Big A, little a

What begins with A?
Lots of smallish girls' names, and they also end that way:

  • Abha (ahb-hah, Hindi)--"light, luster"
  • Achsa (AHK-sah, [Biblical] Hebrew)
  • Ada (AY-dah, English; AH-dah, German, Polish, Scandinavian, Turkish) [multiple derivations]
  • Adla (AHD-lah, Swedish)--form of Adela/Adelaide
  • Adva (ahd-vah, Hebrew)--"little wave"
  • Aella (EYE-lah, [ancient] Greek)--"whirlwind"
  • Agda (AG-dah, Swedish)--form of Agatha
  • Aida (ah-EE-dah, English, Italian)--from Arabic, "returning"
  • Aika (ah-ee-kah, Japanese)
  • Ailsa (AYL-sah, Scottish)
  • Aina (EYE-nah, Finnish, Spanish; ah-ee-nah, Japanese) [separate derivations]
  • Aira (EYE-rah, Finnish)
  • Aisha (ah-EE-shah, Arabic)--"life, alive". Other forms include Asha (Swahili).
  • Alba (AHL-bah, Italian, Latin, Spanish)
  • Alda (AHL-dah, Italian, Portuguese)
  • Alka (AHL-kah, Croatian)
  • Alma (AL-mah, English; AHL-mah, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish)
  • Alta (AL-tah, English)
  • Alva (AHL-vah, Scandinavian)--from Old Norse, "elf"
  • Ambra (AHM-brah, Italian)--form of Amber
  • Anca (AHN-kah, Romanian)
  • Anna (AN-nah, English; AH-nah, everywhere else)--Also spelled Ana. Other forms include Ania, Anka, & Anya.
  • Ansa (AHN-sah, Finnish)
  • Arja (AHR-yah, Finnish)
  • Arla (AHR-lah, Swedish)
  • Arna (AHR-nah, Germanic, Scandinavian)--"eagle"
  • Arwa (UR-wah, Arabic)
  • Åsa (OH-sah, Norwegian, Swedish)
  • Asha (AH-shah, Hindi)--"hope"
  • Asta (AHS-stah, Scandinavian)--form of Astrid and other Ast-names. 
  • Auda (OW-dah, Germanic)--form of Otto/Odette
  • Audra (OH-drah, Lithuanian; AW-drah, English) [separate derivations]
  • Aura (OW-rah, Finnish)
  • Aušra (OH-shrah, Lithuanian)--"dawn"
  • Ava (AY-vah, English; AH-vah, German, Persian, Scandinavian) [multiple derivations]
  • Avra (AH-vrah, Greek)--"aura, breeze"
  • Aya (ah-yah, Japanese, Scandinavian) [separate derivations]
  • Ayça (eye-jah, Turkish)--"crescent moon"
  • Ayla (AY-lah, English; eye-LAH, Turkish) [separate derivations]
  • Azra (AZ-rah, Arabic, Bosnian, Turkish)