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Gender: M Meaning of Aiden: "little and fiery" Origin of Aiden: Variation of Aidan, Irish Aiden's Popularity in 2012: #10

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Aiden is a spectacular name success story--in fact, if all its various spellings were added together, it would now be the top boys' name in the country. Aiden cracked the Top 10 in 2010 and has remained there since--the Aiden spelling has far outperformed the traditional Irish Aidan and has now become the accepted version, after spawning a pack of popular rhyming offshoots such as Brayden and Kaden.

Aidan was originally a pet form of the Irish name Aodh (pronounced 'ee'), who was the old Celtic god of the sun and fire. St. Aidan was a famous seventh cenury Irish saint, noted for his kindness and generosity and for spreading Christianity. Americans first noticed it via actor Aidan Quinn; the Aiden spelling was used by actress Tracey Gold and Rod Stewart for their sons.

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Famous People Named Aiden

Aiden Turner, actor who portrayed the character Aidan Devane on former ABC soap "All My Children"
Aiden Grimshaw, English singer
Aiden Patrick Stewart (b. 2011), son of Rod Stewart
Aiden Solomon, third son of octomom Nadya Suleman

Pop Culture References for the Name Aiden

Aidan Turner - an Irish actor who played John Mitchell in the TV show 'Being Human' and Kili in the Hobbit film trilogy.