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pinWhat 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.


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: Alfredai, Anfred, Arfred. [more]

pinHow 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)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Alfred for boys. Alfred reached its highest position of #33 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #799 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alfred name in U.S.

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

Al, Alf, Alfie, Alfredo (#524 2 years ago), Avery (#186), Fred, Freddie and Freddy are the prominent variation forms of Alfred (#799 2 years ago) rated in the Top 1000. These relations of Alfred were popular during the years 1950-1959 (average #465) and are somewhat less common today (#834, 69% less). Avery has been the most well-known version, though Alfredo has become popular as well over time, while versions like Al, Alf, Fred, Freddie and Freddy are now less common. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Alfred and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alfred, Al, Alf, Alfredo, Avery in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fred, Freddie, Freddy in U.S.

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

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Alfred is alike in pronunciation to Walfred and Wilfred. Other suggested similar baby names are Aldred and Alford. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alfred.