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Gender: Male Meaning of Dryden: "dry valley" Origin of Dryden: English

The name Dryden is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dry valley". Dryden and is often added to lists like Poet Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

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Underused literary name (as in the poet John) with a -den ending that's very much in style.

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danirose01 Says:


I knew someone my age with this name years ago (in his 20s now) but I can totally see it catching on now since it sounds more on-trend. IMO the meaning is somewhat unflattering and I'm not a fan of his poetry, but nonetheless this name has a nice chime to it.

indiefendi2 Says:


To me it sounds like a brand of toilet paper

mymel0dy Says:


I have a degree in creative writing, poetry, so when I was young it was a big part of my life. Dryden as a name does fit very well with the -den trend while still being a name of note and with history.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm not a fan of poetry in general yet something about this name is so appealing! It goes well with the -den names trend, which I mostly like

mymel0dy Says:


While not a fan of John Dryden's poetry, I always thought his surname would make an inspired choice for a boy's given name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I actually like this!