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.
- Personal experiences with the name Alden
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.
- Nicknames for Alden
Al, Aldie, Ollie, Denny
- Meanings and history of the name Alden
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
John Alden, Neil Alden Armstrong
- Alden in song, story & screen
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.