Arden, the name of the magical forest in Shakespeare's As You Like It, is poised to join the other 'A' names on the popularity list, with its strong, straightforward image. Another reason to love Arden: its similarity to "ardent." Arden is a name with a unisex feel that also embodies the best feminine qualities: a winner.
Arden is more familiar as a surname, as in cosmetics entrepreneur Elizabeth and actress Eve, and the narrative poem by Tennyson, Enoch Arden. And Shakespeare's mother was Mary Arden.