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What does Alden mean?

Alden Pronunciation of Alden as a boys' name is pronounced ALL-den. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Alden is "old friend". Surname used as a given name.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, old, friend, surname


VARIANTS Al, Aldan, Aldin, Aldwin, Aldwyn, Aldwynn, Alwine, Elden, Eldin, Eldwin, Eldwyn, Eldwynn

(male) Abden, ..

(female) Aldie, ..

Alden Loki (A.L.), ..

How popular is Alden?

Alden is a somewhat popular first name for men (#889 out of 1220, Top 73%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#5744 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Alden reached its highest position of #446 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is at #638 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Al and Elden are the prominent varying forms of Alden (#638 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Alden was widespread during the years 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #490) and has become much diminished since (#1546, 52.3%), with forms like Elden becoming somewhat outmoded. Alden is more universally found than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alden, Al, Elden in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alden and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alden is pronounced similarly to Aldon, Aldwinn, Eldon, Walden, Waldenn, Waldon, Welden and Weldon. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Abdel, Addem, Ade, Adem, Aden, Adon, Aedan, Ahren, Aidan, Aiden, Aiken, Airen, Alain, Alban, Alben, Albern, Aldis, Aldo, Aldred, Aldrin, Aldus, Alec, Alek, Alem, Alen, Alfeo, Algey, Allan, Allcen, Allen, Alleyn, Allin, Allyn, Alon, Alpin, Alten, Alter, Alton, Aluin, Alvan, Alven, Alvyn, Alwin, Alyn, Andon, Ardel, Arden, Arlen, Arsen, Aspen, Auben, Auden, Audey, Ayden, Aydin, Ayren, Boden, Colden, Elven, Golden, Holden, Jaden, Kaden, Malden, Ogden, Paden and Tilden. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alden.

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