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What does Walden mean?

Walden \wa(l)-den\ as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Walden is "wooded valley". Place name. Also possibly a variant of Old German names with Wald-, such as Walter. Literary: Thoreau's book and the pond "Walden".


Walden has 3 variants: Waldenn, Waldi and Waldon.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Waldo.

Walden has 13 more related variations via Walter: Gaultier, Gauthier, Gautier, Gualterio, Gualtiero, Valter, Valther, Walder, Wally, Walt, Walther, Wat and Watkins.


Walden is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#1343 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Popular varying forms of Walden (#unlisted) are Walter (#337 in 2014), Wally, Waldo and Valter. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.3913%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.1658%, down 57.6%), with the forms Waldo, Wally and Walter becoming less stylish. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Walden and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Waldo, Wally, Walter in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Walden is pronounced similarly to Alden, Elden, Welden and Weldon. Other suggested similar baby names are Halden, Malden, Walton and Warden. These names tend to be more frequently used than Walden.