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Gender: Male Meaning of Walden: "valley of the Welsh" Origin of Walden: English

The name Walden is a boy's name of German origin meaning "valley of the Welsh". Walden and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

Walden is a recent entrant to the en-ending boys' names trend, a name that summons up placid images of Thoreau's two-year stay contemplating nature near Walden Pond.

A quite different image came into being when Walden was chosen as the name for Ashton Kutcher's character in "Two and a Half Men"--internet billionaire Walden Schmidt. It is also a Harry Potter name, via wizard Walden Macnair.

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Famous People Named Walden

Walden Robert Cassotto, birth name of American singer Bobby Darin
Walden L. Ainsworth, United States Navy admiral
Walden Bello, Filipino author, academic and political analyst
Walden Erickson, American professional football player
Walden Martin, American Olympic road racing cyclist
Walden O'Dell, American financial executive
Walden Alexis Vargas, Colombian football player

Pop Culture References for the name Walden

Walden Schmidt, character on TV's "Two and a Half Men"
Walden Belfiore, character on TV's The Sopranos
Walden, character on animated TV series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
Walden Pond, area in Massachusetts that inspired Henry David Thoreau's "Walden"



Melissa Hicks Says:


Have a little dude named Walden. We call him Walls, Wally or Dubya. I'm always getting compliments on his name. His middle names are Radcliff and Kerouac. I'm now wondering how many people think I'm a Harry Potter fan- had no idea there was a Walden wizard but do know that Daniel Radcliff is harry!

danirose01 Says:


Yes! Ever since reading Walden by Thoreau I have been in love with this name as it reminds me of philosophy, solitude, nature, and beauty. It's a really intelligent choice. If I have a boy, this will probably be his middle name.

pixelatedinfants Says:


omg yes that show XD

aaronburrsir Says:


I grew up watching Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, which had a character named Walden.

headintheclouds Says:


Walden brings to mind the whole beauty and value of contemplating nature movement thanks to Henry Thoreau and Walden Pond, and also has an air of old-timey preppiness as a less fashionable (but no less awesome!) surname name. I love the sound of Walden, and how it has the nicknames Wally or Den/Denny, which I like.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Sounds very pleasant but reminds me of an incredibly boring thing i had to read for school.