Alden Name Meaning & Origin
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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We used the name Alden as a less-trendy alternative to the name Aidan.
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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!
My little brother is named Alden because my mom saw the name in a dream, but during attendance teachers ALWAYS call him Aiden. Also, you could force a nickname, but nobody has ever tried to shorten it, so it's basically nickname proof.
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Al, Aldie, Ollie
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In early american history we have John Alden (pilgrim) and his family and their settling of Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Old English name meaning "old friend"
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John Alden, Neil Alden Armstrong
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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.