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Alfred \a-lf-red, al-fred\ as a boy's 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.

Alfred has 21 variant forms: Ahlfred, Ailfred, Ailfrid, Ailfryd, Al, Alf, Alfeo, Alfey, Alfie, Alfre, Alfredas, Alfrey, Alfredo, Alfredos, Alfy, Avery, Elfred, Fred, Freddie, Freddy and Fredo.

For more information, see also the related boy name Alured.

There are 3 feminine forms of Alfred: Alfreda, Alverdine and Avery.

Alfred is also pronounced similarly to Walfred and Wilfred. Other suggested similar baby names are Aldred and Alford.


Alfred is a very popular first name for males (#125 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4520 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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