"wise counselor; elf counsel"

Alfred Origin and Meaning

The name Alfred is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wise counselor; elf counsel".

Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way around with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred. Alfred is quite popular in several European countries, especially England and Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (called "England's darling") was a wise, compassionate and scholarly king of old England in the tenth century. His name reached the height of its popularity from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century—it was in the Top 50 in the U.S. until 1933.

Among its best known bearers were the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, movie director Alfred Hitchcock, biologist/sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, Swedish inventor/industrialist Alfred Nobel, and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. And let's not forget Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

Hipper nicknames: Alf, Alfie, and Fred.

# 927 in the US

Alfred Rank in US Top 1000

# 310 on Nameberry

Alfred Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Alfred Popularity

Famous People Named Alfred

  • Alfred Tennyson1st Baron Tennyson, English poet
  • Alfred the GreatKing of Wessex
  • Alfred Bernhard NobelSwedish inventor of dynamite
  • Alfred StieglitzAmerican photographer, husband of painter Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Alfred Russel WallaceBritish biologist
  • Alfred KinseyAmerican biologist
  • AlfredDuke of Saxe,Coburg and Gotha, second son of Queen Victoria
  • Alfred North WhiteheadEnglish mathematician and philosopher
  • Alfred Thayer MahanAmerican naval strategist
  • Alfred BesterAmerican author
  • Alfred HitchcockEnglish film director
  • Alfred Bruce "Bosie" DouglasEnglish poet and companion of Oscar Wilde
  • Alfred MorrisAmerican football player
  • Alfred LionGerman,American founder of Blue Note Records
  • Alfred NewmanAmerican composer
  • Alfred Charles William Harmsworth1st Viscount Northcliffe, British newspaper magnate
  • Alfred 'Alfie' DeyesEnglish YouTuber
  • Alfred Thomas "Freddie" HighmoreEnglish actor
  • Alfred BinetFrench psychologist
  • Alfred Walliamsson of supermodel Lara Stone and comedian David Walliams
  • Alfred EnochEnglish actor
  • Alfred "Weird Al" YankovicAmerican musician/comedian
  • Alfred WaterhouseBritish architect
  • Alfried "Alfred" Felix Alwyn KruppGerman industrialist
  • Alfred Abraham KnopfSr., American publisher

Alfred in Pop Culture

  • Alfred Ashfordantagonist of the video game 'Resident Evil'
  • Alfred Hedgehogcartoon character
  • Alfred Inglethorpcharacter in Agatha Christie's 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'
  • Alfred Jonescharacter in the movie 'Salmon Fishing the Yemen'
  • Alfred F. Jonesfictional character and personification of the USA in the manga and anime series 'Axis Powers: Hetalia'
  • Alfred Leecharacter in Agatha Christie's 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas'
  • Alfed Lickspittlecharacter in the Hobbit movies
  • Alfred E. Neumanname of the mascot and cover boy of the American magazine 'Mad'
  • Alfred PennyworthBruce Wayne's butler in the Batman franchise
  • Alfred Looneyjanitor at Vanderbilt High School in the ABC TGIF sitcom "Family Matters" he claims the name is pronounced "loonay"
  • and that it's French