Alden: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Alden

Alden

Pronunciation: AHL-din (key)

Origin of the name Alden:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English Aldwine, a compounding of the elements ald (old) and wine (friend).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Alden: | Edit

We used the name Alden as a less-trendy alternative to the name Aidan.

Personal experiences with the name Alden: | Edit

My favorite book as a child was The Boxcar Children. I like literary references in names, but I don't really want to use the children's first names (Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny-either nicknames, or I already know young children with the names Henry and Violet). However, their surname is a more subtle nod to all of them; it feels very grandfather-ly and bookish to me.

However, I wouldn't use it as a first name because I am afraid it would get mixed in with all of the Aidens. I think it will make a wonderful middle name, though!

Nicknames for Alden: | Edit

Al, Aldie, Ollie

Meanings and history of the name Alden: | Edit

In early american history we have John Alden (pilgrim) and his family and their settling of Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Old English name meaning "old friend"

Famous real-life people named Alden: | Edit

John Alden, Neil Alden Armstrong

Alden in song, story & screen: | Edit

We are considering Alden as an honor to my husbands father Alfred and my father Dennis. I thought I made it up but then I googled it, and here it is.

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