Gender: Male Meaning of Aidan: "little and fiery" Origin of Aidan: Irish Aidan's Popularity in 2019: #243

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 has many variations, among them, Aiden, Aden, Adan, Aedan, and Ayden.

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.

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Rank in US: #243

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Famous People Named Aidan

Pop Culture References for the name Aidan

Aden, Adan, Aedan, Aedin, Edan

Aidan's International Variations

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


TechnoKitten Says:


I would love this name if it wasn't so overused.Nowadays every kid is named Brayden,Aiden,Hayden,Jayden.

sunshinexoxo Says:


I just don't like this name, It feels overused and just meh.

LindseyJane Says:


I have an Aidan,and the name is just way too common. We can't go anywhere where he is the only Aidan. We try not to do popular names, but somehow ended up on trend with this one.

madmaddie Says:


My brother’s name is Aidan, and my mother actually named him for Aidan Quinn, but still, we all know this is the original. Yet somehow whenever he tells them this is his name, it’s always spelled with an ‘e’.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I love this name, I'm definitely going to use it if I have a son. This spelling looks so much nicer than Aiden.

Addie88 Says:


This is the true and correct spelling of this lovely Irish name. Not Aiden. It's really a shame that this name has become so obscenely popular, and spawned so many bastardizations. It's been rendered almost unusable, at least in my opinion. It's what Jason was to the 70s.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this spelling better than the Aiden spelling. Back wards it's Nadia!

raevynstar Says:


Hey, this could honor a family member named Ida! Look: aIDAn.