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In ancient Greek, "arden" means "to lift up high". Compare it to the "eagle valley" in Old English.
-- Damis  3/3/2005
As this is my name, I believe it contains a spiritual meaning of freedom and quite frankly is very damn right neat.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2005
I love this name, but I think it sounds more feminine then masculine but then I've never personally know an 'Arden' so I don't have a picture in my head of what personality might go with it.
-- Anonymous User  5/5/2006
My friend knows a girl named this. It's a pretty name.
-- wefrox  5/28/2006
I like this name a lot. It's different! I think it would make a perfect middle name, goes with so many first names.
-- Anonymous User  6/22/2006
This is the 2nd name of the amazing lotion, Elizabeth Arden.
-- czechcrazy  9/23/2006
Another site claims Arden's source is aduenna silva, a Latin phrase meaning "Great forest."
-- glaucous  11/29/2006
My brother has this name. I have never known a girl whose name is Arden, but I know of another male whose name is also Arden. I think it's a great name, and I have yet to meet an Arden I don't like!
-- betharu  1/18/2007
This is a great name! I like it more for a boy, but I don't think it would be bad on a girl. It's quite elegant and strong.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2007
Name of a female character in Robert McCammon's modern southern-gothic-style novel "Gone South".
-- VictoriaCalledTori  5/22/2007
Arden is the name of a not so nice suburb of Glasgow where I live, hence I haven't heard of any Ardens round here! Although they have taken to pronouncing it Ar-DEN as in the Belgian town, perhaps to make the place sound more continental!
-- reniannen17  6/6/2007
Arden Lowe is a character in the V. C. Andrews novel, My Sweet Audrina.
-- Anonymous User  7/3/2007
I like both meanings: "eagle valley" and "great or high". I also like the similarity to ardent, "passionate, strong enthusiasm, devotion". I much prefer it on a boy.
-- earthnut  9/7/2007
Many sources say the name derives from the Ardennes, home to the Goddess Arduinna. She was a goddess of the forest and the hunt often depicted riding a wild boar. This came from the Celtic 'Ar Denn' and was mentioned by Julius Caesar in his 'War of Gaules'.
-- Lien-Hua  9/21/2007
I think this is rather a beautiful name, and very rare at that, but rare names are always good names (unless it's "Snorri" or something. Er, no offense to you Snorris).
-- Penneyperson  10/19/2007
I like this name better for a boy, but I can see it for a girl too.
-- Anonymous User  1/12/2008
It's an okay name for males, even though I prefer it as a surname. I don't like this name for females. It's okay on tomboys and androgynous women, but it sounds far too masculine on all other females, including the unconventional indie types. As a surname, it sounds cool, but as a first name, it's surprisingly dull, but not bad, as long as it's used on guys.
-- slight night shiver  5/15/2008
Arden is related to both the Forest of Arden in England and the Ardennes region of Belgium and France (in Latin Ardennes Silva). The Ardennes region was associated with the Celtic goddess Arduinna, which also comes from the same root. Ardennes Silva translates to 'high forest' referring to a forest on a mountain or hill.
-- earthnut  7/12/2008
Similar in sound to ‘ardent’, ‘garden’, ‘alder’, ‘arbor’, ‘hard on’ and ‘arse’.
-- earthnut  7/12/2008
Shakespeare’s mother was Mary Arden (named after the Forest of Arden in England). The Forest of Arden was mentioned in Shakespeare's play 'As You Like It'.

Elizabeth Arden was the founder of a cosmetics company. She was born Florence Nightingale Graham.
-- earthnut  7/12/2008
Arden is also the name of an important female character in James Ellroy's "The Cold Six Thousand".

Also I must say I can't picture this name for a boy, Arden sounds female to me. But that could be because I first heard it in the book.
-- sebb  7/18/2008
I really like the sound of this one, but I always end up thinking of the local mall of the same name upon hearing this name.
-- ICEyun  12/4/2008
I like it for a boy. It is too rough for a girl.
-- number1212  12/17/2008
This is my boyfriend's middle name, so I see it as a boy's name. He got it from a family friend who was also male.
-- wbbuff  2/20/2009
I really like the name Arden, particularly for a girl. When I hear it, I think of a garden!
-- Meadow  5/5/2009
I could see this working well on a young boy today. :)
-- vomiting  6/12/2009
I like the name Arden. I had picked it out for a boy name, but husband thinks it sounds too girly thanks to Arden Myrin from MadTV. Still I like it for either a boy or a girl. It's quite unisex but I would like to use it for a boy.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2010
I love this name for a boy or a girl!
-- Chrila96  7/25/2010
Arden is the surname of the children Edred and Elfrida in E. Nesbit's time-travelling novel "The House of Arden".

The surname is suitably ancient and is locational, coming from three different places and two possible meanings.

The place in the North Riding of Yorkshire is from the Old English, meaning "eagle valley".

It can also be from a place in Cheshire or the Forest of Arden in Warwickshire. These appear to be linguistically identical to the Ardennes in France and Belgium, from the Celtic for "high".

The noble Arden family can trace their ancestry back to the year 1000.
-- keepitreal  1/21/2011
This name sounds like it should be specifically for a woman. I can't imagine a man being named Arden. I can imagine a woman being named Arden though. I'm not a fan of gender neutral names but this one I can tolerate.
-- GibsonGirl  9/14/2011
"Arden" is also the name of a forest in England. William Shakespeare used it as a backdrop for one of his books 'As You Like It". It was a mystical, magical, and romantic place. Arden was also the maiden name of Shakespeare's mother Mary.
-- Arden2210  10/6/2011
My name is Arden and my middle name is Blake. I, being a female, cannot see this as a masculine name. And no I didn't get named after the store.
-- Anonymous User  12/23/2011
Strong, feminine, and lovely - this is on our short list.
-- BlueBlue  9/1/2012
When I first heard this name, even though it was on a girl, I thought it sounded like it was supposed to be a boy's name. I'm surprised that it was used as a girl's name so long ago, it seemed like it was modern to me. I like it for both genders, but since its more traditionally used for boys, I prefer it on boys.
-- Anonymous User  1/24/2013
We named our daughter Arden after seeing it in a baby name book.
It's Latin origin meaning "burning with enthusiasm". She fits her name. Beautiful, strong, driven, and definitely enthusiastic. Had many comments on her name. All love it.
-- Michelle Estelle  2/1/2013
Arden Rose is a beauty guru on Youtube. :) The name always makes me think of her (along with Elizabeth Arden).
-- ALOF10  5/22/2013
The name Arden was given to 221 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013
Although not a real person, nor particularly famous, Arden is a spunky, rule-breaking girl in Anna Carey's novel Eve. She is an… influential character, escaping with Eve and attempting to travel to Califia with her.
-- Anonymous User  8/13/2013
Arden is the name of a 6 year old genius who is a frequent guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
-- Anonymous User  5/31/2014
I am a female who has had to bear the burden of Arden as a middle name for 54 years. I despise it and tell people my name is Anne! It was supposed to be my 1st name and I am glad that didn't happen. I'm also a huge Shakespeare fan, have visited his house yet cannot embrace it no matter how hard I try. How did my parents learn of this name back in the 60's? It was the name of a hospital.
-- Scruffy  6/29/2014
I have Arden picked out as a the name for my first boy, his name will be Arden Wayne, since I love the name and for me it is the 'To Raise Up High' meaning.
-- Anonymous User  9/27/2014
My great aunt was called Rachel Arden. I was fascinated with her middle name, and always wondered where it came from, as it was so unusual! Her grandfather came from Cheshire, and wondered if it was a place name or related to the forest of Arden.
She was the eldest child and only one with a middle name!
-- suzeb  10/16/2014

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