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What does Alf mean?

Alf Pronunciation of Alf [alf] as a boys' name has its root in Old English, and the name Alf means "elf or magical counsel". Alf is a variant form of Alfred (Old English).

Associated with: old english, elf, magical, counsel.


7 different relations via Alfred: Al, Alfeo, Alfey, Alfie, Alfre, Alfrey and Alfy.

Creative forms:
(male) Aalf, Allf, ..

(female) Aar, Alar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alf Zakary (A.Z.), ..

How popular is Alf?

Alf is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#43232 out of 150436, Top 29%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Alf reached its peak position of #671 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Alf are Al, Alfie and Alfred (#920 in recent rankings). Usage of these relations of Alf reached its peak during 1910-1919 (adoption of 0.51%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.01%, 97.6%), with versions such as Al becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alf, Al, Alfie, Alfred in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alfie, Alfred outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alf is alike in pronunciation to Eyolf, Eyulf, Ulf, Wolf, Wolfe, Wolff, Woolf, Wulf and Wulfe. Other recommended names are Alfa, Alfo, Ali, Aluf and Aly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Alf.

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