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What does Arden mean?

Arden Pronunciation of Arden [ar-den] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Arden) is pronounced AR-den. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Arden is "great forest". Literary: the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" was a magically beautiful place. Most famous in modern times as the surnames of cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden and actress Eve Arden.

Associated with: great, forest (tree), literary, beautiful, modern, surnames, queen.


Arden has 6 variants: Ardeen, Ardena, Ardene, Ardenia, Ardin and Ardis.

Creative forms:
(female) Adden, Araden, ..

(male) Arge, Arton, ..

Middle name pairings:
Arden Maxine (A.M.), ..

How popular is Arden?

Arden is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent last name for all people (#13434 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Arden entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #912 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arden name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arden outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Ardis is the only other popular varying form of Arden (#912 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Arden was well-received among parents 85 years ago (usage of 0.02%) and is almost as conventional today (usage 0.01%, down 21%). Arden has been the most well-known version, while Ardis has become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arden, Ardis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arden and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Arden is alike in pronunciation to Ardine and Yordan. Other recommended names are Adan, Adde, Addey, Ade, Adeen, Adel, Aden, Adena, Adene, Adey, Adin, Adrien, Aidan, Aide, Aidee, Aiden, Aireen, Aldea, Aldene, Aleen, Ande, Andee, Andena, Anwen, Arda, Ardah, Ardea, Ardell, Ardia, Ardra, Ardys, Aren, Arena, Arene, Argene, Arie, Ariel, Arin, Arjean, Arlan, Arlea, Arlean, Arlee, Arleen, Arlen, Arlena, Arlene, Arlet, Arley, Arlyn, Armen, Arwen, Arwyn, Aryn, Aspen, Audan, Aude, Audene, Aven, Ayden, Aydenn, Breen, Bren, Carden, Eaden, Eden, Ireen, Iren, Jaden, Jorden, Treen and Wren. These names tend to be more commonly used than Arden.

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