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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.

Associated with: old english, elf, magical, counsel, norman, conquest (victory), britain (england), great, 19th century.


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

Related boy name: Alured.

Alfred has 1 more related form via Alfie: Alfo.

Alfred has 3 feminine forms: Alfreda, Alverdine and Avery.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Alares, Anfred, ..

(female) Alfreddie, Alfredya, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Alfred for boys. Alfred entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #35 in the U.S. then, and is at #799 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Al, Alf, Alfie, Alfredo (#524 via latest list), Avery (#186), Fred (#1475), Freddie (#1838) and Freddy (#1011) are the prominent variation forms of Alfred (#799 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 (#1314, 90.5% less usage). Avery has been the most well-known version, while versions like Fred are now less common.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Avery, Fred, Freddie, Freddy in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.