Meaning and Name Origin
Arden \a-rden, ar-den\ 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.
Arden is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent last name for all people (#11920 out of 88799, Top 13%). (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 (#unlisted). Adoption of this girl name reached its peak during 1920-1929 and has become significantly lower since, with the form Ardis becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)