Ah, the baby-name-choosing process. It can be one of the most fun parts of family planning — or the most frustrating. Plenty of parents go into the pregnancy or adoption process already having a well-worn list of hopeful names, but others simply don’t know where to start. And whichever camp you’re in, you want a name that’s unique but not too out-there (unless you’re Grimes and Elon Musk, in which case more power to you), and you want it to work nicely with a middle and last name, and you want it to be something that fits your baby but that will grow with them as they become the intelligent, independent adult they’ll eventually be… Ugh, baby names have so many requirements!

So why not start simple? Just pick a letter, and go from there. Whether you’re Jewish and practice naming your child using the first letter of a deceased relative’s name, or just want a nice pairing with your middle-last picks or some fun sibling-name alliteration, we’ve got you covered with our Alpha Babies: Baby Names from A to Z series. To save you time on research, we’ve put together lists of the best baby names beginning with every letter of the alphabet, from Ada to Zelda and everywhere in between.

We’ve broken up some of our favorite names per letter into gendered and gender-neutral categories, with classic, time-honoered names up front as well as modern, contemporary options with an edge. And hey, if there’s nothing on the A list that grabs you, just move on to B and C and XYZ. You’re bound to find the perfect pick for your soon-to-be little one, and this series makes it as easy as 1, 2, 3 or — well, you know.