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Origin & Meaning

The name Alfred is of English origin.

The meaning of Alfred is "elf counsel".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 799 in baby name popularity for boys with 284 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Alfred Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Alfred has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Alfred to other names.


Alfred is derived from Old English name Aelfraed. It is composed of the elements aelf meaning "elf or supernatural being" and raed meaning "counsel".

As most Old English names were replaced by Norman ones after the Norman conquest, Alfred (along with Edward) is a rare example of a distinctively old English name that is used widely on the continent. In both cases it was probably due to the fame of royalty associated with the name, in this case Alfred the Great.


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Variants of the name Alfred include Alfrid.

The names Afreda, Afredo, Ailfrid, Alfreda, Alfredia, Alfredo, Alfreyda, Alfrida, Alured, Elfred are all forms of Alfred.

Alfred has the diminutives (nicknames) Alf, Alfie, Alfy.

Other Tidbits

Alfred falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Alfred Neuman, Alfred Nobel, Alfred Tennyson.

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English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.