Gender: Male Meaning of Alfred: "wise counselor" Origin of Alfred: English Alfred's Popularity in 2019: #800

Alfred Origin and Meaning

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

Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way around with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred. Alfred is quite popular in several European countries, especially England and Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.

Alfred the Great, King of Wessex (called "England's darling") was a wise, compassionate and scholarly king of old England in the tenth century. His name reached the height of its popularity from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century—it was in the Top 50 in the U.S. until 1933.

Among its best known bearers were the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, movie director Alfred Hitchcock, biologist/sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, Swedish inventor/industrialist Alfred Nobel, and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. And let's not forget Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

Hipper nicknames: Alf, Alfie, and Fred.

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Rank in US: #800

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Famous People Named Alfred

Pop Culture References for the name Alfred

Alfie, Alfryd, Freddy, Freddie, Alf, Fredo, Fred

Alfred's International Variations

Alfredo (Spanish) Alfreck, Alfrid (German) Ailfrid (Irish Gaelic)


howard18 Says:


Our son was just born and his name is Alfred James!

howard18 Says:


We’re due next month and while we’re still undecided, Alfred is the boy’s name we like best. It’s classic and familiar but rare, and it’s got great nickname potential with Alfie, Fred or Freddy.

Heiko Björnsson Says:


"wise councilor" is the correct meaning for Alfred. It is an ancient Germanic name wich is composed of two words: "Alf" is a form of "Elf". "Red" comes from "Raed" which means "council" or "advice". So the literal meaning is: "wise council of the Elves"

headintheclouds Says:


This was one of my favorite boys' names of all time and I'd imagined having a boy named Alfred one day. I do still love it now but it's fallen out of my top favorites' list, perhaps because I was thinking of it so much that I grew bored of it? It's a great name though, and a little Alfred nicknamed Al, Alf, Alfie, Fred or Red would be so wonderful!

mickie86 Says:


I am really crushing on this boy's name lately! Does anyone watch Gotham?