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Gender: M Meaning of Aidan: "little and fiery" Origin of Aidan: Irish Aidan's Popularity in 2014: #187

Aidan is an appealing Irish saint's name that zoomed up the popularity lists, jumping four hundred places in a decade. Though it has been overtaken by variant spelling Aiden, the original Aidan is worth considering before selecting one of its offshoots: Caden, Brayden, et al.

Aidan was originally a pet form of the Irish name Aodh (pronounced 'ee'), the name of the old Celtic god of the sun and fire. The name was borne by numerous early Irish saints, one of whom was noted for his kindness and generosity.

Aidan was first introduced into the mainstream American consciousness by actor Aidan Quinn, and was given a definite bounce by the appealing Aidan on Sex and the City.

Famous People Named Aidan

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish monk and missionary who restored Christianity to Northumbria
Aidan Quinn, Irish-American actor
Aidan Gillen, Irish actor
Aidan Turner, Irish actor
Aidan Gould, American actor
Aidan Daley Mitchell, American actor
Aidan Patrick O'Brien, Irish horse racing trainer
Aidan Patrick O'Donnell, American actor; twin brother Liam O'Donnell

Pop Culture References for the name Aidan

Aidan Shaw, Carrie's boyfriend on TV's "Sex and the City"
Aidan Brosnan, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Aidan Foster, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Aidan Waite, character on American t.v. show "Being Human"

Adan, Aden, Aedan, Aedin, Edan

Aidan's International Variations

Aodhan (Irish Gaelic) Aeddan, Aiden, Edan (Welsh) Ayden (Turkish)