Aidan (name)

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Aidan, Aiden, Aedan
Language(s)Irish and Scottish Gaelic
Meaningborn of fire/the fiery one/little fiery one
Region of originIreland
Popularitysee popular names

Aidan, Aiden and Aedan are the main anglicisations of the Irish male given name Aodhán and the Scottish Gaelic given name Aodhàn.[1]

Etymology and spelling[edit]

The name is derived from the name Aodhán, which is a pet form of Aodh.[2] The personal name Aodh means "fiery" and/or "bringer of fire" and was the name of a Celtic sun god (see Aed).[3]

Formerly common only in Ireland and Scotland, the name and its variants have become popular in England, the United States, and Canada. Aidan has been the 57th most popular name in the United States since the start of the year 2000, bestowed on over 62,000 boys, while Aiden ranking 66th, has been used on over 51,000 boys. Other variants are a bit less popular, such as Hayden 88th, Ayden 189th, Aden 333rd, Aydan 808th, and Aydin 960th, according to the United States Social Security Database.[4] "Aidan/Aiden" was the most popular boys' name in Canada in 2007.[5]

Its popularity is also reflected in the occurrence of similar-sounding names such as Braden, Caden, Hayden, and Jayden.[6]

Aidan (or any reasonable variant) as a girl's name does not appear in the top one thousand names for girls from the same database, although it has occasionally been used for girls.

Some sources suggest that the feminine equivalent of Aidan is Eithne, which has the same meaning.[7]

Given name[edit]

Middle Ages[edit]

Modern times[edit]


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  1. ^ Redgate, A. E. (2002). "St. Aidan". In Cannon, John Ashton. The Oxford Companion to British History (Revised ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19860-514-0. Retrieved 31 October 2009 – via
  2. ^ "Aodhán". Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Aodh". Archived from the original on 2011-06-28. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Top names of the 2000s". United States Social Security Database. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Canada's Top Baby Names for 2007". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ Rosenkrantz, Linda; Satran, Pamela Redmond (2007). The Baby Name Bible. New York City: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 343. ISBN 978-0-312-35220-2.
  7. ^ Macleod, Iseabail; Freedman, Terry (1995). The Wordsworth Dictionary of First Names. Ware, Hertfordshire: Wordsworth Editions. p. 74. ISBN 1-85326-366-4.