What does Alfred mean?
Alfred \a-lf-red, 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Alured.
Alfred▼ has 1 more related form via Alfie: Alfo.
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)
Al, Alf, Alfie, Alfredo (#524 a year ago), Avery (#186), Fred, Freddie and Freddy are the prominent variation forms of Alfred (#799 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5349%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.1657%, down 69%), with forms like Al, Alf, Fred, Freddie and Freddy becoming somewhat dated. Alfredo (#524) and Avery (#186) are two of the more chic baby names here, and there is also a revival in birth name usage for Avery. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Alfred and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)