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Alfred Meaning


What does Alfred mean?

The name Alfred is of English origin.

The meaning of Alfred is "elf counsel".

Alfred is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Al-fred.

The Given Name Alfred

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.

Alfred falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Alfred Deakin, Alfred G. Gilman, and Alfred Hermann Fried.

Alfred Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 872 in baby name popularity for boys with 249 occurrences. Less than 5 girls were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 864 in baby name popularity for boys with 251 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 Related Names

Variants of the name Alfred include Alfrid.

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

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

Famous Alfreds

  • Alfred Deakin ~ Australian Prime Minister (1903-1904; 1905-1908; 1909-1910)
  • Alfred G. Gilman ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1994
  • Alfred Hermann Fried ~ Nobel Prize for Peace 1911
  • Alfred Hershey ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1969
  • Alfred Hitchcock ~ Film Director
  • Alfred Kastler ~ Nobel Prize for Physics 1966
  • Alfred Molina ~ Actor
  • Alfred Nobel ~ Business Mogul, Scientist
  • Alfred Peet ~ Business Mogul
  • Alfred Russel Wallace ~ Scientist
  • Alfred Sisley ~ Artist
  • Alfred Tennyson ~ Writer
  • Alfred the Great ~ English King (871-899), Saint
  • Alfred Wegener ~ Scientist
  • Alfred Werner ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1913

Alfred Numerology

What will your new littleAlfred be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

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Alfred Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Alfred in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Alfred.

Just for fun, see the name Alfred in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Alfred in Nautical Flags page.