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What is the Meaning of the Name Aidan?

By Emma Davies


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Aidan is a name of Irish origin meaning ‘little fire’ or ‘fiery one’. Derived from the Gaelic name Aodhán, the name is thought to have its roots in Irish mythology and has become popular for its energetic and spirited connotations.

Aidan meaning

Aidan with an ‘a’ is the English variation of the old Irish names Aedan and Aodhan. The Americanized version of this Gaelic name is spelled with an ‘e’ as Aiden.

There were many kings and saints in ancient Ireland with the name Aodhan. For example, Saint Aidan was believed to be kind yet powerful and is thought to have freed slaves and helped people living in poverty.

  • Name Origin: Irish
  • Name Meaning: Little fire
  • Pronunciation: AY-dən
  • Gender: Predominantly male

How Popular is the Name Aidan?

Aidan has its roots in ancient Ireland but remains a popular boys’ name today. Between 1901 and 1990, the name was missing from the top 1000 most popular baby boys’ names. It wasn’t until 1991 that it reentered the chart at #797.

The name has been growing in popularity in recent decades, and according to Social Security Administration data, Aidan was the 286th most popular boys’ name in 2021. It reached its peak popularity position in 2003 when the name was number 39 on the chart.


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Name Variations 

Name Meaning Origin
Adan Earth / Fire Welsh
Aiden Little fire Irish
Aido Fire Italian
Aedan Little fire / Fiery Welsh
Ayden Little fire Irish

Other Gaelic Boy Names

Name Meaning
Eoghan Born of the yew tree
Eamon Wealthy protector
Fergus The strong one
Conor Lover of wolves
Niall Champion
Oisin Little deer
Finn Fair

Alternative Boys Names Starting with ‘A’

Name Meaning Origin
Abraham Father of many Hebrew
Adam Red Hebrew
Ajay Invincible Sanskrit
Alexander Defender of men Greek
Ali Excellent or noble Arabic
Aneurin Honorable and noble Welsh
Angus One choice Gaelic

Famous People Named Aidan

  • Aidan Turner – Irish actor
  • Aidan Gallagher – American actor
  • Aidan Quinn – Irish actor
  • Aidan Baker – Canadian musician