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The name Hayden is one of the unisex baby names that once was a surname in old England. The name was originally intended for boys as a first name, but with the introduction of female celebrities with the name, it transitioned to a unisex name. Hayden was popularized especially in the 1990s as it was part of the group of names that ended in the “-aden” sound.

Meaning of the name Hayden:

English: fire (boys), heather-grown hill (girls), hay valley

Origin of the name Hayden:

The baby name Hayden originated as a surname in areas that were valleys that were surrounded by hills of hay. This gave the meaning of “hay valley.” The name soon became popularized to be used for boys rarely, but in more modern times, especially with actress Hayden Panettiere, the name is also used for females.

Symbolism of the name Hayden:

The baby name Hayden is broken down into the old English words “heg” and “denu.” “Heg” means “hay” in modern English and “denu” means valley. This seems to be the most common meaning associated with the baby name.

Hayden baby name meaning and origin

Style of the name Hayden:


Gender of the name Hayden:

Both boys and girls can use the baby name Hayden.

Pronunciation of the name Hayden:


Number of syllables in the name Hayden:


Emotion evoked from the name Hayden:

Though it is a traditional name, Hayden still feels trendy and modern. This gives it a youthful and mischievous presence.

Alternative spellings for the name Hayden:

  • Haden
  • Haiden 
  • Haydan
  • Haidyn
  • Haydin

Nicknames for the name Hayden:

  • Ayden 
  • Hayhay
  • Haylo
  • Haydie
  • Hayde

Popularity of the name Hayden:

Hayden has actually been on the Social Security Index since 1900 as it was used rarely in the early twentieth century. As of 1994, however, the name went to the top 200 list, and in 2002, it went to the top 100 list until 2011. Now, the name ranks at number 177 overall.

Related names for the name Hayden:

Great middle names for Hayden and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Hayden:

  • Hayden Panettiere (actress, “Smallville”)
  • Hayden Begley (reality TV star, “On Begley Street”)
  • Hayden Christensen (actor, “Star Wars”)

Haydens in popular culture:

  • Hayden Fox (main character on “Coach”)
  • Hayden Keyes (character on “Northern Exposure”)
  • Hayden Loring (character from “Safe Harbor”)
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