Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hayden

There are three possibilities on how Hayden may have come to be a given name. The name Hayden is the transferred use of a surname originating in England and derived from a location name. It comes from a combination of two Old English words “heg” (hay) and “dun” (down, hill) so “hay down” became Haydon. It also may have derived from a surname originating as a nickname – from the Old English “hæden” – a word for a heathen, or one who is "not Christian or Jewish." Lastly, the name Hayden may have been given as a first name as homage to the Austrian composer Josef Haydn (1732-1809) by the music-loving Welsh. In any case, it appears as if the name Hayden has been in use since the 19th century. It is now used for both girls and boys, but quite a bit more as a male given name. It’s currently a top 100 name for boys in England, Wales, Australia and the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Hayden

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME HAYDEN

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME HAYDEN

Hayden has been in use in America for boys for over 100 years, although it’s position on the charts was near the bottom signifying its little use. The name’s popularity really comes just after the turn of the 21st century when “-den” names started to dominate the charts (Aiden, Jayden, Brayden, Caden), particularly on the male side. America’s love affair with these “-den” names has produced so much over-usage that polls are starting to display hostile attitudes about the names from the general public. So if you don’t mind a little eye-rolling behind your back, embrace the name. Once the name was well-established for boys, parents decided they liked it for their little girls, as well. Hayden debuts on the most-popular charts for girls in 1998 and enjoys a quick climb up the charts. It’s interesting to note that Hayden for both males and females have lost some position in the last two to three years, evidence, perhaps, that people are tiring of trend.

Quick Facts

ON HAYDEN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

193

PRONUNCIATION:

HAY-din

SIMPLE MEANING:

Hay hill, heathen, or a homage to Josef Haydn

Characteristics

OF HAYDEN

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hayden

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HAYDEN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Hayden

Popular Songs

ON HAYDEN

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Hayden


Famous People

NAMED HAYDEN

Hayden Christensen (actor)
Hayden Panettiere (actress)
Hayden Fry (football coach)
Hayden Christensen (actor)
Hayden Panettiere (actress)
Hayden Fry (football coach)
Hayden Christensen (actor)
Hayden Panettiere (actress)
Hayden Fry (football coach)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HAYDEN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hayden

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HAYDEN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hayden