Baby Girl Names Ending With The Letter 'A'

Sophia, Olivia and Emma are popular girls' names ending in "A"

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When choosing names, parents often don't know exactly what name they are looking for, but may have a style or sound of name in mind. A trend that has exploded in popularity for baby girls seems to be names ending with the letter "A," since many girls' names ending with that sound are distinctly feminine, not to mention classic. 

Some families also choose similar style names for their daughters and one simple way to keep names that are similar but also different is to choose names that have the same sound at the end.

For example, there are many names that are vastly different for girls, but still end with the "a" sound. I know of one family that has three girls, all with very different names, and all whose names end with the letter "a." It's a simple and elegant way that they are all joined together, but still separate, just like sisters will be all of their lives. 

Girl names ending in the letter "A" have topped the  Social Security administration's list of popular girls' names since the turn of the millennium. Here are the most popular girls' names ending in "A" from the year 2000 to the present.

Sophia

The popularity of the baby name Sophia has been on a rapid rise in just the past five years alone. The name means "wisdom" in Greek, and hit the top spot on the chart in 2013. The best-known Sophia, of course, is Italian actress Sophia Loren, whose sultry beauty made her an international star. She won the Academy Award in 1961 for the film Two Women.

Emma

Emma was the top girls' name of 2014, and has supplanted her close sister Emily in the top five list. The name of one of Jane Austen's best-loved heroines, Emma never really fell totally out of favor as a baby name, but has enjoyed a steady resurgence  the past decade thanks to a pop culture reference: She grew wildly popular after the characters Ross and Rachel named their baby Emma on the sitcom Friends in 2002.

Ella

After enjoying many years of popularity, the name Ella has waned over the years, but it's still a fairly beloved choice by parents for their daughters. Ella is said to mean "fair" or "maiden." 

Eva

Although not as popular as Emma or Ava, the name Eva has grown in popularity over the years. Eva is a Latin name derived from Eve and it means "life." 

Isabella

Isabella is that rare name popular across multiple cultures with old-fashioned and modern appeal. She also lends herself to cute nicknames like Bella and Izzy. She's risen to the top in recent years thanks in part to the Twilight vampire movies, whose female protagonist was named Isabella, nicknamed Bella. The name means "my God in abundance." 

Olivia

From the Latin word for "olive," a fruit associated with the Greek goddess Athena, Olivia has been around since about the 13th century. The most prominent usage was in Shakespeare's 1602 comedy Twelfth Night, and she also has cute nicknames, like Liv and Ollie. She's been in the top 10 since 2001.  

Mia

Meaning "my beloved," Mia climbed the charts beginning in the 1960s, and got as high as No. 6 on the charts in 2014. It's a classic, simple, feminine-sounding name who may owe some of her status to actress Mia Farrow, but which shows no sign of waning in popularity.

Variations of this name can include Mya or Maya as well. 

Ava

Her place among the most popular girls' names was probably due to the large number of celebrity parents choosing it for their daughters, but Ava has a whole other meaning for millennials' grandparents. They of course, would likely think of Ava Gardner, film star of the 1940s and 1950s, who appears to be the most famous Ava in modern history. Variations of this name can include Ada or Adah as well. 

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