Meaning and Name Origin
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".
For more information, see also the related boy name Waldo.
Walden is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#1080 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Walden and related names. Popular varying forms of Walden (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Walter (#337 in 2014), Wally, Waldo and Valter. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 and are now significantly less popular, with the forms Waldo, Wally and Walter becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.