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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."
― Anonymous User  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
This is my husband's middle name so I can't imagine this for a girl. It is all boy to me.
wbbuff  4/9/2015
The name Arden is 100% boy to me. I find it WAY too boyish and masculine for a girl and I'm not even sorry. Arden suits a boy more.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2015
As this is my middle name, being born in the south far prior to the 'Information Era,' I believed for at least a bit more than two decades that I was the only living person with the name "Arden." I will readily confess as a child up to at least the end of junior high school, that I VERY much hated my middle name. All of my friends, especially through elementary school at best thought it was a very strange name, at worst made a joke of it. Though beginning in high school, I began to actually come to embrace it, ironically because of its rarity. First name being Joshua, my high school friends began to call me Josh-Arden and I very much liked it. I was given it as a middle name to honor a Scottish uncle far up the family tree. Every generation since him has had an Arden in my family. I began University as 'Josh-Arden' and that is what I am generally called by now. I only have known of one other male of the same name. I now only get compliments when I meet new people. It has oddly often been a great conversation starter. Now very fond of my name and am grateful I was given my generation's slot of the name.
JTide  6/7/2015
The name Arden is beautiful and refreshing. It suits both genders perfectly fine. :) I think of the Forest of Arden & I believe it's used as a setting in William Shakespeare's play As You Like It which is pretty awesome. :D.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2015
There's an actress of Teen Wolf series. Her name is Arden Cho.
aprincessformaxon  7/4/2015
I was born into the Arden name and have always loved my surname; finding ancestors through my paternal side was quite easy. I gave my children Arden as their middle names so it will carry on, it works well for male or female.
diana arden  9/14/2015
My mother spelled my name "Ardyn" rather than "Arden" because I"m a girl and in English, the letter "y" usually has a feminine connotation. I am 19 and I love my name and receive compliments on it all the time! I would totally suggest the name to anyone (male or female). It is a beautiful name and I am proud that it is mine.
Ardyn  9/18/2015
My name is Arden, and, though I love my name, I always find it irritating that I have to repeat myself several times. One of my old teachers went half a year thinking I was Aiden, before I realized her odd pronunciation was not due to her accent but the fact that she actually thought my name was Aiden.
― Anonymous User  2/29/2016
The feminine version is Ardenne.
MissShamu  4/20/2016
My daughter, born in 1995, is Arden. I found it in a baby book. I wanted her to have a name that was all her own, having never in my life been in a room of girls or women without there being another Pam. I liked the sound, the suggested meaning, and very much the Shakespeare connection. When she was born, someone in the delivery room (section so lots of people) asked if we knew her name. When I said Arden, the doctor starting quoting the line about the Forest of Arden from As You Like It. As a little girl she didn't like her name, partly I think because you never find it on personalized knicknacks. Now she loves her name.

Someone has told me of another female Arden a couple of tears older than my Arden in a different part of Canada. A couple of years ago we met an older woman (perhaps 60) at a local craft fair called Arden. She said she had never known anyone else by that name.

It was a reasonably common man's name in New Brunswick in the 20s and 30s. I have family there and when Arden was born I got a lot of "but that's a man's name".
Pgh62  4/24/2016
The name Arden was given to 92 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/18/2016
I'm a man named Arden and have met a few Ardens of each sex, but not many. I agree with the comment about people not hearing the name right (Art, Artie, Arlen, Alan, Alden, etc.) I like my name. My last name is just as unusual, so I consider myself one of a kind.
Ardento  6/23/2016
I love the name Arden for a girl only! Can't picture this femmy name on a man.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2016
I named my son (born July 2016) Arden Alexander. (Partially because of the input on this page!) He has an older sister named Arya and an older brother named Arthur. This wasn't planned in advance; we just really liked each name as the children arrived. I could see the name being used for a girl also but our Arden is a big strong looking boy and I feel like his middle name will help if anyone is confused... I love the name and it suits him SO well.
Eabridge  10/12/2016
Named my daughter Arden. I love the name because it's not common and easy to spell. I do think it's unisex but because it's so close to garden sounds feminine and softer IMO. 3 cheers for Arden :)
Brinzink  11/15/2016
Jann Arden is a Canadian singer-songwriter.
Purrsian  1/22/2017
Arden Cho is an American actress, singer and model, best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She starred in the 2011 feature Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. As a model she worked mostly in Asia while she released an EP called My True Happy in 2013.
lilolaf  2/10/2017
My brother and I share Arden as a middle name. It was our father's name. It is of Hebrew origin and means "fervent".
ashaman  5/19/2017
The name Arden was given to 275 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
Eve Arden was a famous American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2017

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