What does Arden mean?
Arden /ar-den/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name (also used 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.
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. Census)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Arden and related names. Ardis is the only popular varying form of Arden (outside Top 1000) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of this girl name reached its peak during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.501%) and has become significantly lower since, with Ardis becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)