What does Alden mean?
Alden /al-den/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced ALL-den. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Alden is "old friend". Surname used as a given name, though unusual.
How popular is Alden?
Alden is a somewhat popular first name for men (#889 out of 1220, Top 73%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#5744 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Alden for boys. Alden reached its highest position of #485 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is at #715 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Alden and corresponding names. Elden and Al are the prominent varying forms of Alden (#715 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.483%) and has become much less since (usage 0.095%, ▼80.3%), with the forms Al and Elden becoming less stylish. Alden (#715) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation, with this name enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Alden▲ is pronounced similarly to Aldon, Eldon▼, Walden and Welden. Other suggested similar baby names are Aden▲, Aiden▲, Alben, Alen, Allen▼, Alten, Alton▼, Alven, Arden▼, Auden and Ayden▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alden.