"valley of the Welsh"

Walden Origin and Meaning

The name Walden is a boy's name of German origin meaning "valley of the Welsh".

Walden is a recent entrant to the en-ending boys' names trend, a name that summons up placid images of Thoreau's two-year stay contemplating nature near Walden Pond.

A quite different image came into being when Walden was chosen as the name for Ashton Kutcher's character in "Two and a Half Men"--internet billionaire Walden Schmidt. It is also a Harry Potter name, via wizard Walden Macnair.

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Walden Popularity

Famous People Named Walden

  • Walden Robert Cassottobirth name of American singer Bobby Darin
  • Walden L. AinsworthUnited States Navy admiral
  • Walden BelloFilipino author, academic and political analyst
  • Walden EricksonAmerican professional football player
  • Walden MartinAmerican Olympic road racing cyclist
  • Walden O'DellAmerican financial executive
  • Walden Alexis VargasColombian football player

Walden in Pop Culture

  • Walden Schmidtcharacter on TV's "Two and a Half Men"
  • Walden Belfiorecharacter on TV's The Sopranos
  • Waldencharacter on animated TV series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
  • Walden Pondarea in Massachusetts that inspired Henry David Thoreau's "Walden"