Gender: Male Meaning of Aiden: "little and fiery" Origin of Aiden: Variation of Aidan, Irish Aiden's Popularity in 2019: #20

Aiden Origin and Meaning

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

Aiden is a variation of Aidan, the anglicized version of the Irish Aodhán. Aidan/Aodhán 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 all its various spellings were to be added together. Aiden cracked the Top 10 in 2010 and remained there until 2013 when it dropped out but is still highly popular. The Aiden spelling has far outperformed the traditional Irish Aidan and has now become the accepted version, after spawning a pack of popular rhyming offshoots such as Brayden and Kaden.

Americans first noticed it via actor Aidan Quinn; the Aiden spelling was used by actress Tracey Gold and Rod Stewart for their sons.

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Rank in US: #20

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Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Am I the only one that prefers the phonetic spelling Ayden? I don't know why but I just like it more.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


It only really has 2 syllables, but I do agree Aiden is a very nice name.

Alaina Says:


I really love the name Aiden! It's so soothing and calm. And also has a lot of syllables.

snowsbeloved Says:


Original spelling :)

Corrie Howard Says:


That spot has been taken by every variation of Emma for girls, and variations on Jackson for boys. Thank goodness.

I have to say that being in this or any teaching profession makes it difficult to choose names. There's so many great sounding names that have to be crossed off because of negative experiences with children or families.

kittylover777 Says:


I love every single version of this name.

Hailey Says:


Pretty much exactly like I feel. I'm bored with this name. When I was a preschool teacher there were 5 Aidens at the school at one time,

snowsbeloved Says:


I am SICK of this name (and its variants). It's sad. Beautiful on paper and on lips, great background and wonderful meaning. But too much of anything can be bad. This is almost the "John" of our generation. Too common...

Hallie Says:


whenever I see this name I picture a cute little red head with freckles!

Shaebaby Says:


I think it sounds better pronounced EYE-den rather than AY-den

Addie88 Says:


This name is actually growing on me, but I like the traditional spelling better.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I prefer the Aidan spelling. It's hard to describe it, but it just looks... smoother.

Kerrienicole Says:


Okay name but way too popular. Over the past few years I've met so many little boys named Aiden/Aidan.

loverofnames86 Says:


It sounds nice and looks good on paper. This is my favorite spelling.