"high mountain; exalted, enlightened"

Aaron Origin and Meaning

The name Aaron is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "high mountain; exalted, enlightened".

Aaron is a name of subtle contrasts: an unusual spelling that is easily recognizable; a solid Biblical choice that doesn’t feel exclusively tied to religion; a well-established name for boys but sometimes confused with the girls’ name, Erin; used internationally but with notably different pronunciations; classic like Andrew but not out of place with recent favorites like Weston or Jayden.

All things considered, Aaron’s enduring popularity feels at once surprising and obvious. And endure it does. For the last 50 years, it has been a staple in the US Top 100, and it remains a solid favorite in a number of European countries, from France to Switzerland.

The origins of the name are debated, with some saying from Ancient Egypt, and has the meaning “warrior lion”, while others believe it is derived from Hebrew, with meanings such as “high mountain” or “exalted”.

In the Old Testament, Aaron is a powerful figure, acting as a spokesman for his brother, Moses. He produced miracles and plagues to intimidate the pharaoh for enslaving the Israelites, and he was appointed by God as the first high priest.

Other notable namesakes include the American politician, Aaron Burr, the composer, Aaron Copeland, and actors Aaron Ekhart, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Aaron Paul. The name has literary credentials too, with Shakespeare, John Steinbeck, and George Eliot using it in their works.

Given to more than 4500 babies in the US every year, the soft sound of Aaron’s double vowels continues to hold an appealing gentleness for parents today.

But why does Aaron have that unusual beginning and why is it pronounced differently across the world?

Well, the original Hebrew name is Aharon, pronounced with 3 syllables, however, this sound had no equivalent in Greek. When Jewish scriptures were translated then, it was recorded as “Aaron”. While the Romans and Greeks might still have said “a-ha-ron”, it was later Anglicized in the 17th century to “air-un”.

In England however, it is often said as “a-run”, where “a” is like the first sound of “apple”. This is likely down to people confusing it with the English name “Aron”, or because they were influenced by the Scottish Isle of Arran and the Irish Aran Islands.

More broadly, pronunciation varies when Aaron is translated into the many languages used around the world. In German, it is A-rawn, while in Finnish, it is AH-rone or Aaro. In Arabic, Urdu and Turkish, it becomes Harun or Haroon and across Africa, it might be Haruna or Haron.

Love Aaron but slightly put off by its widespread popularity? You could try Alden, Ansel, Taran, Canaan, Ariel or Abram.

# 68 in the US

Aaron Rank in US Top 1000

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Aaron Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Aaron Popularity

Famous People Named Aaron

  • Aaron Simon Grossdirector and actor
  • Aaronbrother of Moses, Biblical figure
  • Aaron John BooneAmerican baseball player
  • Aaron Burrthird US Vice President
  • Aaron CoplandAmerican composer
  • Aaron Mitchell DismukeAmerican voice actor
  • Aaron Edward EckhartAmerican actor
  • Aaron Roderick GillespieAmerican drummer/vocalist of band UnderOath
  • Aaron Michael HernandezAmerican football player
  • Aaron Jermaine RossAmerican football player
  • Aaron James CrowAmerican baseball player
  • Aaron Helmer SeleAmerican baseball player
  • Aaron KlugEnglish chemist and astrophysicist
  • Aaron LewisAmerican singer of band Staind
  • Aaron Michael MillerAmerican ice hockey player
  • Aaron Montgomery WardAmerican businessman
  • Aaron NevilleAmerican R&B singer
  • Aaron ParchemAmerican figure skater
  • Aaron Paul (Sturtevant)American actor
  • Aaron Anderman PoredaAmerican baseball player
  • Aaron Charles RodgersAmerican football player
  • Aaron Solowoniukdrummer of American band Billy Talent
  • Aaron SpellingAmerican film and television producer
  • Aaron Benjamin SorkinAmerican screenwriter, producer and playwright
  • Aaron TaylorJohnson (born Aaron Perry Johnson), English actor
  • Aaron Kyle TveitAmerican actor
  • Aaron Abeyta aka El Hefeguitarist of American band NOFX
  • Aaron AshmoreCanadian actor; twin brother Shawn Ashmore
  • Aaron Michael MetchikAmerican actor
  • Aaron Temkin BeckAmerican psychiatrist and professor
  • Aaron Kwok (Fushing), Hong Kong singer, actor and dancer
  • Aaron Kendrik De Niroson of actor Robert De Niro
  • Liam Aaron McDermottson of actor Dean McDermott
  • Aaron ChartrandCanadian actor
  • Aaron Jay Hanleyson of Michelle Heaton & Hugh Hanley
  • Aaron SpringerAmerican writer, director, animator, and storyboard artist ("SpongeBob SquarePants")
  • Aarón Díaz SpencerMexican actor
  • Aaron James RamseyWelsh football player
  • Aaron James JudgeAmerican baseball player
  • Aaron StatonAmerican actor
  • Aaron LennonEnglish professional footballer
  • Aaron DellCanadian hockey player

Aaron in Pop Culture

  • Aaron Riveramain character in novel "The One Apart" by author Justine Avery
  • Aaron Littletoncharacter on TV's 'Lost'
  • Aaronmain character in video game Lunar Knights
  • Aaron "Aron" Traskcharacter in John Steinbeck's East of Eden
  • Aaron Hotchnercharacter on TV's "Criminal Minds"
  • Aaron Dinglecharacter on TV’s “Emmerdale”
  • Aaron Whitmorecharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Aaron Purnellcharacter in movie "The Last Ride"
  • Aaron Greencharacter in movie "Get Him to the Greek"
  • Aaron Warner Andersoncharacter in Tahereh Mafi's best selling book series called "Shatter Me."
  • Aaron Stamplercharacter in movie "Primal Fear"
  • Aaron Matthewscharacter in "Sims" series
  • Aaroncharacter in Key and Peele skit "Substitute Teacher" (prn. Ay Ay Ron)
  • Aaron Stowecharacter in The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann
  • Aaron Lycancharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series
  • Aaron Davisalso known as Prowler, character in Marvel Universe
  • Aaron Michael Minyardcharacter in the all for the game series.
  • Aaron Stewartcharacter in the Magisterium series
  • Aaron Samuels in movie "Mean Girls"
  • Aaron the sport girl in the game Love Nikki
  • Aarona vampire in the French online visual novel Moonlight Lovers
  • Aaronmain character in Rankin/Bass's "The Little Drummer Boy"