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Gender: M Meaning of Aidan: "little and fiery" Origin of Aidan: Irish Aidan's Popularity in 2016: #190

Aidan is an appealing Irish saint's name that zoomed up the popularity lists, jumping four hundred places in a decade to a peak of 39 in 2013 before slumping down to its current 190. 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 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 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.

Famous People Named Aidan

Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish monk and missionary who restored Christianity to Northumbria
Aidan Quinn, Irish-American actor
Aidan Gillen, Irish actor
Aidan Turner, Irish actor
Aidan James (Laprete Powell), American singer-songwriter and ukulele player
Aidan Gould, American actor
Aidan Daley Mitchell, American actor
Aidan Power, Irish TV presenter
Aidan John Moffat, Scottish singer of band Arab Strap
Aidan Gillett, Australian actor
Aidan Devine, Canadian actor
Aidan Baker, Canadian musician
Aidan Davis, English dancer
Aidan Charles Patrick Connolly, Scottish footballer
Aidan McArdle, Irish actor
Aidan Patrick O'Brien, Irish horse racing trainer
Aidan John Davison, Northern Irish footballer
Aidan Merivale Crawley, English journalist and politician
Aidan Patrick O'Donnell, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Aidan

Aidan Shaw, Carrie's boyfriend on TV's "Sex and the City"
Aidan Brosnan, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Aidan Foster, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Aidan Waite, character on TV's "Being Human"
Aidan Keller, character in film "The Ring"

Adan, Aden, Aedan, Aedin, Edan

Aidan's International Variations

Aodhan (Irish Gaelic) Aeddan, Aiden, Edan (Welsh) Ayden (Turkish)