"little and fiery"

Aiden Origin and Meaning

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

Aiden in all its spelling variations is the Anglicized version of the Irish Aodhán, which 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 century Irish saint, noted for his kindness and generosity and for spreading Christianity.

Aiden has been a spectacular name success story—especially if you add all its various spellings together. Counted together, Aiden in all its versions is still a Top 10 boys' name.

The Aiden spelling has become the predominant version of the name in the US, followed by Ayden -- and then, in order of popularity, Aidan, Adan, Aden, Aydin, Aydan, Eiden, Aidyn, Eydan, Eyden, Adin, Aedan, and Aiyden. And then there's a pack of popular rhyming offshoots such as Brayden and Kaden.

Irish actor Aidan Quinn introduced the name to the US. The Aiden spelling was used by actress Tracey Gold and Rod Stewart for their sons.

# 40 in the US

Aiden Rank in US Top 1000

# 167 on Nameberry

Aiden Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Aiden Popularity

Famous People Named Aiden

  • Aiden John TurnerEnglish actor
  • Aiden Samuel GrimshawEnglish singer
  • Aiden John McGeadyScottish,Irish footballer
  • Aiden Wilson "A.W." TozerAmerican preacher and writer
  • Aiden Englishring name of Matt Rehwoldt, American pro wrestler
  • Aiden Craig BlizzardAustralian cricketer
  • Aiden Reid MedinaAmerican child actor
  • Aiden TolmanAustralian rugby league player
  • Aiden Joseph CairnsAustralian rugby league player
  • Aiden ButterworthEnglish footballer
  • Aiden Antony O'BrienIrish footballer
  • Aiden Finbar ShawBritish author, musician, model, and adult film actor
  • Aiden Michael Marshall (b. 2004)son of actress Tracey Gold
  • Aiden Hammond (b. 2005)son of TV personality Alison Hammond ("Big Brother")
  • Aiden Solomon (b. 2006)third son of American "octomom" Nadya Suleman
  • Aiden Elliot Benson (b. 2009)son of TV personality Lori Wickelhaus of "16 and Pregnant"
  • Aiden Grimes (b. 2010)son of NFL player Brent Grimes
  • Aiden Patrick Stewart (b. 2011)son of musician Rod Stewart
  • Aiden Zachary Poor (b. 2011)son of skater Naomi Nari Nam and Tyler Poor
  • Aiden Jase "A..J." Hinske (b. 2013)son of baseball player Eric Hinske
  • Aiden Patrick Robert Mullinder (b. 2013)son of first "test tube baby" Louise Brown and Wesley Mullinder

Aiden in Pop Culture

  • Aiden Spencercharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • Aiden Lucascharacter on TV's "Ghost Whisperer"
  • Aiden Dennisoncharacter on TV's "South of Nowhere"
  • Aiden Fordcharacter on TV's "Stargate Atlantis"
  • Aiden "Danny" Coughlincharacter in "The Given Day" by Dennis Lehane
  • Aidencharacter in "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause
  • Aiden Falconercharacter in the On the Run series by Gordon Korman
  • Aiden Pearcemain character in video game series "Watch Dogs"
  • Aidenspirit in video game "Beyond: Two Souls"
  • AidenAmerican punk band
  • Aiden Mathischaracter on TV's "Revenge"
  • Aidenwerewolf on TV's "The Originals"
  • Aidencharacter on MTV's "Teen Wolf"
  • Aidencharacter in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"

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