What does Aidan mean?
Aidan /ai-dan/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Aidan) is pronounced AY-den. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Aidan is "fire".
Anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic name Aedan, a pet form of Aed. Name of a bishop of Ferns (seventh century) who was noted for his kindness and generosity. Saint Aidan (Ireland, seventh century) established the monastery of Lindisfarne, one of the great centers of learning of its time. Aiden is a popular modern form of the name. Actor Aidan Quinn.
How popular is Aidan?
Aidan is a rare given name for males. Aidan is a unique surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Aidan for boys. Aidan was first listed in 1990 and reached its apex position of #39 in the U.S. in 2003, and is at #187 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Aidan and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Aidan (#187 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Aedan, Aiden (#14 a year ago), Aidyn (#924), Aydan (#906), Ayden (#74), Aydin (#735), Caden (#198), Coy and Eden (#601). Adoption of these boy names reached its peak in the year 2008 (usage of 0.512%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4361%, ▼14.8%), with the forms Aedan, Aidyn, Aydan and Coy becoming less trendy. The more fashionable boy names in this list are Aiden (#14), Ayden (#74), Aydin (#735), Caden (#198) and Eden (#601). (2014 Birth Statistics)
Aidan▲ is pronounced similarly to Adan▲, Aden▲, Adin, Adon, Auden and Idan. Other suggested similar baby names are Abidan, Adam▲, Addam, Aitan, Aldan, Amidan, Athan and Avidan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Aidan.