What does Alfred mean?
Alfred [al-fred] as a boys' name is pronounced AL-fred. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Alfred is "elf or magical counsel". A rather common name before the Norman Conquest of Britain, being the name of Alfred the Great (ninth century), King of Wessex. Queen Victoria named her second son Alfred. The name was revived in the 19th century, but has faded since. An unlikely choice to parents due to gap-toothed Alfred E. Neuman from "Mad Magazine". Alfie is a pet form; Alfredo (al-FRAY-doh) is the Latin form. Poet Alfred Tennyson; movie director Alfred Hitchcock.
Related boy name: Alured.
1 more related form via Alfie: Alfo.Creative forms:
(male) Alares, Anfred, ..
(female) Middle name pairings:
Alfred Omar (A.O.), ..
How popular is Alfred?
Alfred is a very popular first name for males (#125 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#5601 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Alfred entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #35 in the U.S. then, and is at #920 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Al, Alf, Alfie, Alfredo (#587 via latest list), Avery (#187), Fred (#1594), Freddie (#1800) and Freddy (#990) are the prominent variation forms of Alfred (#920 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Alfred were popular a century ago (median #842) and have become significantly less common since (#1342, 90.9% less usage). Avery has been the most well-known version, while versions like Fred are now less common.
Alfred▼ is alike in pronunciation to Walfred, Walfried, Wilfred▼, Wilfrid, Wilfried, Wilfryd and Willfred. Other suggested similar names are Aaren, Adare, Adlard, Aed, Ahmed▲, Ahren, Ailured (see Alured), Airen, Alaire, Aland, Alard, Alaric, Alben, Albie, Albrekt, Alden▲, Aldford (see Alford), Aldred, Aldric, Aldrin, Alec▼, Aled, Alem, Alen, Alerio, Alexei, Alexey, Alfeus, Alfio, Alfons, Alfonz, Alford▼, Alger, Alldred, Allen▼, Allerd (see Ellard), Alley, Allford, Allger, Allie▼, Alter, Alven, Amed, Amorey, Andre, Andrea, Andrei, Andrej, Andrew▼, Arek, Arel, Aren, Ares▲, Arren, Atreo, Aubrey▼, Aurel, Autrey, Averel, Avrel, Eldred▼, Elldred (see Aldred), Evered, Gerred, Jerred, Manfred, Osred and Renfred. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alfred.See names in meaning and etymology.