Boy Names baby nameAiden

What does the name Aiden mean?

The meaning of the name “Aiden” is: “Little fiery one”.

Additional information: Aiden is a masculine name, and it is the English form of the Irish Aodhán, which is a diminutive of Aodh, the name of the Celtic sun god. This gives Aiden the meaning ‘little fire’ or ‘little fiery one’. Because of its vowel sounds, Aiden can be spelled in many different ways, including, but not limited to, Aidan, Ayden, Aydan, Aidyn, Aedan, and Aden. The names Aydan, Aydin, and Aden all tend to be used in Turkey, while variants closer to Aiden are used in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Aiden also has many names that sound similar, and can be used gender neutrally – Cayden, Hayden, and Jayden, for example. With all of its different spellings, it is more likely that a misspelling will actually just be a variant of the name Aiden – however, one example of a misspelling is ‘Adian’.

With so many spellings, it is hard to get an objective look at how popular the name ‘Aiden’ actually is, because while they sound exactly the same ‘Aiden’ and ‘Aidan’ have two separate popularity statistics. Even separately, however, Aiden and its variants score well, particularly since the start of the 21st century – ‘Aiden’ reached the top twenty boys names in 2008, and was the fourteenth most popular name in 2014, and ‘Aidan’ reached the top hundred in 2001. Aiden also scored in the top hundred names for boys in England and Wales (the 92nd most popular name for boys), Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Scotland in 2014.

Famous people with the name Aiden (or variants of) are Aidan Quinn (actor), Aidan Turner (actor), and Aiden Grimshaw (musician).

In part, Aiden’s popularity can be attributed to St. Aidan. Legend says that he saved a hunted deer by turning it invisible, and as such artwork usually associates Aidan with stag imagery.