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What does Aidan mean?

Aidan Pronunciation of Aidan as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Aidan) is pronounced AY-den. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Aidan is "fire". Anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic name Aedan, a pet form of Aed. Name of a bishop of Ferns (seventh century) who was noted for his kindness and generosity. Saint Aidan (Ireland, seventh century) established the monastery of Lindisfarne, one of the great centers of learning of its time. Aiden is a popular modern form of the name. Actor Aidan Quinn.


ASSOCIATED WITH gaelic, fire, ancient (old), ferns (tree), generosity (gracious), saint, monastery, great, learning (wise), popular (famous), modern


VARIANTS Aedan, Aidano, Aiden, Aidyn, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin, Edan, Eden, Eidan, Eiden

SEE ALSO Aodh, Caden, Coy, Hayden

FEMININE FORMS Aithne, Edana, Enat

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How popular is Aidan?

Aidan is a rare given name for males. Aidan is a unique surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Aidan was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its apex position of #39 in the U.S. in 2003, and is at #242 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Aidan (#242 A YEAR AGO) appearing in the Top 2000 are Aedan (#1507), Aiden (#19), Aidyn (#1290), Aydan (#1284), Ayden (#104), Aydin (#861), Caden (#237), Coy (#1359), Eden (#488), Eiden (#1737) and Hayden (#180). Adoption of these forms of Aidan reached its peak in the year 2008 (USAGE OF 2.01%) and is somewhat less today (USAGE 1.13%, 43.5%). Hayden is the firm favorite, although Eden appears to be becoming a favorite too, while forms such as Aidan are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aidan, Aedan, Aiden, Aidyn, Aydan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ayden, Aydin, Caden, Coy, Eden in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eiden, Hayden in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Aidan is pronounced similarly to Adan, Aden, Adin, Adon, Auden, Eaden, Eadin, Edin, Edon, Edun, Edyn, Idan, Odin and Odon. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Abda, Abidan, Abran, Achidan, Adam, Adao, Adar, Addam, Adiran, Adnan, Agilan, Ahran, Ahsan, Aias, Aikin, Ailean, Ailin, Aimon, Airen, Airyn, Aitan, Alan, Aldan, Alden, Aldin, Aldon, Allan, Alvan, Aman, Amidan, Amiran, Andon, Annan, Arda, Ardal, Ardian, Ardin, Ardon, Arlan, Arman, Arnan, Aslan, Athan, Avidan, Ayman, Caidan, Dilan, Eilan, Eitan, Gian, Jian, Kadan, Kaidan, Kian, Kiean, Kiran, Midian, Milan, Nisan, Ogdan and Rian. These names tend to be more commonly used than Aidan.

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