Gender: Male Meaning of Alfie: "wise counselor" Origin of Alfie: Diminutive of Alfred, English

Alfie Origin and Meaning

The name Alfie is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wise counselor".

Alfie is a Top 50 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet.

Thanks to some louche fictional characters, Alfie has long had a sexy, flirtatious image. First there was the Michael Caine character in the 1966 eponymous film, followed by a 2004 remake starring Jude Law. In Britain, the name was given a big boost by the Alfie Moon character in the long-running soap, EastEnders. There have been several Alfie songs as well, most recently one by Lily Allen written for her little brother.

Both Alfie and cousin Archie are spunky nickname possibilities, with a bit of an English accent.

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Pop Culture References for the name Alfie

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QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Sounds like a dog's name.

danirose01 Says:


I’m American and I gave this name to my dog. It is also the given name of my hairdresser’s 3 year old son.

NameLover 11 Says:


I am not British but i adore this name. Such a great meaning and so cute.

Essa Says:


I think diminutive names like Alfie and Archie are so common in the UK that it won't affect how professional they look. If there wasn't so many diminutive names being put on birth certificates I think it may affect it but these have become so normal that I don't think anyone would think anything of having a doctor named Alfie.

Impwood Says:


Well, you know best. I'm not a businessman named Alfie and neither do I know any, so I can't speak from experience.
But personally, if it was my name I myself would rather save a name like Alfie for my nearest and dearest, which would make it more special for me, and use a more "serious" Alfred professionally.

Moony Says:


Again, I disagree. It might be different in America or in other countries but, here in the UK, diminuitives are rarely (if ever) seen as less professional or suited to your typical business imagine in comparison to more formal options. If anything, some of the lads that I've spoken to about the issue at hand have said they find the likes of Alfie and its ilk as 'more classically manly' - presumably in comparison to your modern - and assumed to be more professional - choices like Mason and Bentley.

Still, no need to apologise! We all have our own opinions and your is no less right than mine. :)

Impwood Says:


Oh yes, I'm sure there have been. And I'm sorry if it came across as if I was suggesting that it would be an actual disadvantage or hinder a man's success in business to have a name such as Alfie, but merely that many men, but of course not all, would in such circumstances consider their name unfitting to their business image.

Moony Says:


There are plenty of businessmen and doctors and lawyers, both past and present, named Alfie and Mikey and Bobby and Jimmy. The assumption that a diminuitive name (when diminuitives at large have been used as stand-alone choices for centuries) would somehow stop or decrease the chance of a boy having a professional job in the working world is incredibly musguided, in my opinion at least.

Impwood Says:


This name is really sweet, but you would be amazed at how many people are putting this on the birth certificate in the UK. I can't imagine why people don't think that their little Alfie will one day be a businessman with a brief-case, or perhaps Dr Alfie or Judge Alfie.

Marlz81 Says:


I don't like this one:/

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SunKissedChild Says:


Haha yes!

strawberrything Says:


If you're a Doctor Who fan this means you'd be calling your kid "Stormageddon, Dark Lord Of All" ;P

servals_ Says:


this is my cat's name

jasminegarden Says:


an adorable name, and yes I'm a brit, I love it but it's so popular here it would be a risk to use.

Guest Says:


I guess I'd have to be a Brit to understand the appeal. It sounds like a puppy's name to me.