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What does Hayden mean?

Hayden Pronunciation of Hayden [hay-den] as a boys' name is pronounced HAY-den. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Hayden is "heathen". From Hadyn, the name of the composer Josef Hadyn (1732-1809), which derives from German heiden "heathen". Hayden is also used as a Welsh form of Aidan, or may be from the surname Haddon "hill of heather", or Heydon "hay clearing". Actor Hayden Christensen.

Associated with: surname, hill (mountain), heather (flower), clearing (meadow).


Hayden has 4 variants: Haden, Haydan, Haydn and Haydon.

Related boy name: Caden.

9 more related forms via Aidan, Haddon: Aiden, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin, Eden, Eiden, Haddan, Haddin and Hadon.

Creative forms:
(male) Hamden, Heden, ..

(female) Hayen, Hayhen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hayden Kurtis (H.K.), ..

How popular is Hayden?

Hayden is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1179 out of 1220, Top 97%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#878 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Hayden reached its highest position of #72 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is at #151 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Aidan (#185 the previous year), Aiden (#13), Aydan (#961), Ayden (#87), Aydin (#802), Caden (#192), Eden (#503), Haden, Haydn and Haydon are the prominent alternative forms of Hayden (#151 the previous year) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Hadon, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Hayden was at its peak 7 years ago (median #642) and is somewhat less today (#808, 30% less usage). Hayden is more widely used than the rest, though Aiden is currently the top form, while versions such as Haden are no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hayden, Aidan, Aiden, Aydan, Ayden in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aydin, Caden, Eden, Haden, Haydn, Haydon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hayden, Aidan, Aiden, Ayden outside U.S.

Similar Names

Hayden is alike in pronunciation to Hadden, Hadwin, Hadwyn and Hedeon. Other recommended names are Brayden, Camden, Carden, Caydan, Cayden, Caydin, Caydon, Daylen, Dayten, Dryden, Eaden, Haaken, Hagen, Haldan, Halen, Hallen, Halten (see Halton), Hamlen, Hampden, Hansen, Harben, Hardey, Hardwen (see Hardwin), Harken, Harlen, Harmen, Haven, Haydar, Hayder, Haydrien, Hayes, Haylan, Hayle, Hayley, Hazen, Hutten, Hyder, Jaeden, Jaiden, Jayde, Jaydee, Jayden, Jaydon, Jaylen, Jaysen, Jayven, Kaden, Kaeden, Kaiden, Kamden, Kaydan, Kayde, Kayden, Kaydin, Kaydon, Kayven, Malden, Marden, Paden, Raiden, Rayder, Raylen, Rayven, Royden, Ryden, Slayden, Tayten, Varden, Warden, Wayde and Waylen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hayden.

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