"little and fiery"

Aidan Origin and Meaning

The name Aidan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "little and fiery".

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 is an appealing Irish saint's name meaning fire that zoomed up the popularity lists, jumping four hundred places in a decade to a peak of 39 in 2013 before slumping down. 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 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. Aidan has many variations, among them, Aiden, Aden, Adan, Aedan, and Ayden.

# 300 in the US

Aidan Rank in US Top 1000

# 447 on Nameberry

Aidan Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Aidan Popularity

Famous People Named Aidan

  • Saint Aidan of LindisfarneIrish monk and missionary who restored Christianity to Northumbria
  • Aidan QuinnIrish,American actor
  • Aidan GillenIrish actor
  • Aidan TurnerIrish actor
  • Aidan James (Laprete Powell)American singer,songwriter and ukulele player
  • Aidan GouldAmerican actor
  • Aidan Daley MitchellAmerican actor
  • Aidan PowerIrish TV presenter
  • Aidan John MoffatScottish singer of band Arab Strap
  • Aidan GillettAustralian actor
  • Aidan DevineCanadian actor
  • Aidan BakerCanadian musician
  • Aidan DavisEnglish dancer
  • Aidan Charles Patrick ConnollyScottish footballer
  • Aidan McArdleIrish actor
  • Aidan GallagherAmerican actor
  • Aidan Patrick O'BrienIrish horse racing trainer
  • Aidan John DavisonNorthern Irish footballer
  • Aidan Merivale CrawleyEnglish journalist and politician
  • Aidan Patrick O'DonnellAmerican actor; twin brother Liam O'Donnell
  • Aidan Bouman (b. 1992)son of NFL player Todd Bouman
  • Aidan Nerman (b. 1995)son of actors Guylaine St. Onge and David Nerman
  • Aidan McIntosh Hamilton (b. 2003)son of skater Scott Hamilton
  • Aidan Kratt (b. 2003)son of TV host Chris Kratt
  • Aidan Johnston (b. 2004)son of NFL player Daryl Johnston
  • Aidan Michael Bice (b. 2005)son of singer Bo Bice
  • Aidan Chiarello (b. 2005)son of Top Chef Michael Chiarello
  • Aidan Mirza (b. 2007)son of actress Nina Wadia and Raiomond Mirza
  • Aidan Perkins (b. 2008)son of cyclist Shane Perkins
  • Aidan Grabner (b. 2011)son of ice hockey player Michael Grabner
  • Aidan Kuyt (b. 2012)son of footballer Dirk Kuyt
  • Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky (b. 2016)son of former U.S. First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky

Aidan in Pop Culture

  • Aidan ShawCarrie's boyfriend on TV's "Sex and the City"
  • Aidan Devanecharacter on American soap "All My Children"
  • Aidan Brosnancharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Aidan Fostercharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Aidan Waitecharacter on TV's "Being Human"
  • Aidan Kellercharacter in film "The Ring"
  • Aidancharacter in "Barbie" film series

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