Meaning and name origin
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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Alured.
Alfred is a very popular first name for males (#125 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4520 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alfred for boys. Alfred reached its highest rank of #33 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alfred and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Avery (#186), Alfredo (#524), Alfred (#799), Freddy, Fred, Freddie, Alf, Alfie and Al. (2014 statistics).