What does Hayden mean?
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.
Related boy name: Caden.more]
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Hayden for boys. Hayden entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest position of #72 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is at #142 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Aedan, Aidan (#187 2 years ago), Aiden (#14), Aidyn (#924), Aydan (#906), Ayden (#74), Aydin (#735), Caden (#198), Eden (#601) and Haden are the prominent alternative forms of Hayden (#142 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Haddan, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Hayden was at its peak in the year 2008 (average #450) and is almost as conventional today (#525, 13.6% less). Hayden is more widely used than the rest, though Aiden is currently the top form, while Aedan, Aidyn, Aydan and Haden are no longer trendy. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Hayden and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)