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Gender: Male Meaning of Alfred: "wise counselor" Origin of Alfred: English Alfred's Popularity in 2017: #861

The name Alfred is a boy's name of English origin meaning "wise counselor". Alfred is ranked #861 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Alfred

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, English poet
Alfred the Great, King of Wessex
Alfred Bernhard Nobel, Swedish inventor of dynamite
Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer, husband of painter Georgia O'Keeffe
Alfred Russel Wallace, British biologist
Alfred Kinsey, American biologist
Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, second son of Queen Victoria
Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher
Alfred Thayer Mahan, American naval strategist
Alfred Bester, American author
Alfred Hitchcock, English film director
Alfred Bruce "Bosie" Douglas, English poet and companion of Oscar Wilde
Alfred Morris, American football player
Alfred Lion, German-American founder of Blue Note Records
Alfred Newman, American composer
Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, British newspaper magnate
Alfred 'Alfie' Deyes, English YouTuber
Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore, English actor
Alfred Binet, French psychologist
Alfred Walliams, son of supermodel Lara Stone and comedian David Walliams
Alfred Enoch, English actor
Alfred "Weird Al" Yankovic, American musician/comedian
Alfred Waterhouse, British architect
Alfried "Alfred" Felix Alwyn Krupp, German industrialist
Alfred Abraham Knopf, Sr., American publisher

Pop Culture References for the name Alfred

Alfred Ashford, antagonist of the video game 'Resident Evil'
Alfred Hedgehog, cartoon character
Alfred Inglethorp, character in Agatha Christie's 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'
Alfred Jones, character in the movie 'Salmon Fishing the Yemen'
Alfred F. Jones, fictional character and personification of the USA in the manga and anime series 'Axis Powers: Hetalia'
Alfred Lee, character in Agatha Christie's 'Hercule Poirot's Christmas'
Alfed Lickspittle, character in the Hobbit movies
Alfred E. Neuman, name of the mascot and cover boy of the American magazine 'Mad'
Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler in the Batman franchise

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

Alfred's International Variations

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


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?