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The name Alfred is an English given name, one of the few Anglo-Saxon names which saw continued use until modern times. Its Old English form is Ælfræd, composed of the elements ælf "elf" and ræd "counsel".
Its most famous bearer was Alfred the Great, the 9th-century English King. Due to the lasting fame of king Alfred, the name remained in use throughout the medieval period. Its had, however, become rare by the early modern period, and its popularity was revived in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Royalty and Politicians
- Alfred the Great, 9th-century King of Wessex
- Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
- Alfred W. Bethea, South Carolina politician
- Alfred Winsor Brown, governor of Guam
- Alfred Deakin, (1856-1919) an 2nd Prime Minister of Australia
- Alfred Goldthwaite (1921-1997), Alabama politician
- Alfred Käärmann (1922–2010), an Estonian freedom fighter
Writers and philosophers
- Alfred Bester, an American science fiction author
- Alfred Jarry, a French writer and founder of 'pataphysics
- Alfred Rosenberg (1893–1946), a German Nazi theorist
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, a British poet
- Alfred North Whitehead, an English analytic philosopher and mathematician, co-author of Principia Mathematica
- Alfred Eissler, NFL player
- Alfred Kipketer (born 1996), Kenyan middle-distance runner and 2013 world youth champion
- Alfred Morris, an American football player.
- Alfred Neuland (1895–1966), an Estonian weightlifter
- Alf Ramsey, an English football manager
- Alfred Schmidt (1898–1972), an Estonian weightlifter
- Alfred Tetteh, a Ghanaian boxer
- Alfred Fielding, the inventor of Bubble Wrap
- Alfred Goodwill (1830-1905), American merchant and landowner
- Alfred S. Hart, American business and banker, born as Alfred Harskovitz.
- Alfred Lindon (c. 1868 - 1948), businessman and art collector
- Alfred Pisani, a prominent hotelier
- Alfred Sung, a fashion designer
- Merhan Karimi Nasseri (Alfred), a man who has been living in the departure hall of Terminal 1 of the Charles de Gaulle Airport since 1988
- Alfred Packer, an American cannibal
- Alfred Thayer Mahan, an American naval strategist
- Alfred Trzebinski (1902–1946), a German SS-physician at several Nazi concentration camps
Artists and entertainers
- Alfred Hawthorne, the real name of English comedian Benny Hill
- Alfred Hirv (1880–1918), an Estonian painter
- Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980), a film director especially in the suspense genre, famous for Vertigo, Psycho, and Rear Window among others
- Alfred Molina, a British and American actor
- Alfredo James "Al" Pacino, an American film and stage actor and director
- Alfred Schnittke, a Russian composer
- "Weird Al" Yankovic (1959-), a parody–comedy musician with the real name Alfred Matthew Yankovic
- Alfred Kinsey (1894–1956), an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology, famous for his research on human sexuality
- Alfred Marshall, an English economist
- Alfred Nobel (1833–1896), a Swedish chemist and engineer
- Michael Alfred Peszke, a Polish-American psychiatrist and historian
- Alfred Wilhelm Volkmann (1801–1877), German physiologist, anatomist, and philosopher
- Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist.
- Alfred Wegener (1880–1930), a German scientist
- Alfred Doolittle, the father of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and My Fair Lady.
- Alfred Pennyworth, the butler to DC Comics character Batman
- Alfred the Sartan, a fictional character from The Death Gate Cycle
- Alfred E. Neuman, the fictional mascot and iconic cover boy of Mad magazine.
- Alfred, a video game character from the Fatal Fury (series)
- Alfred Demonreach, the "genius loci"(guardian spirit) of Demonreach Island from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.
- Alfred F. Jones, the personification of America in the manga series Hetalia.
- Mike Alfred (poet), a South African poet
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