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Updated March 27, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Old English: From aespe, meaning "shaking tree" 
  • American: Tree

What Does Aspen Mean and Stand For? 

The name Aspen comes from the deciduous tree, Quaking Aspen. It is from the Old English word aespe, which means "shaking tree." As a first name, Aspen is relatively modern. It has been gaining popularity throughout the past decade, and can be used for any gender. 


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How Popular Is The Name Aspen

Family name origins & meanings

  • Norwegian : habitational name from a place named Aspen, from an inflected form of asp ‘aspen tree’.
  • English : topographic name for someone living by an aspen tree.

What Does the Name Aspen Mean? 

Aspen is a gender-neutral name of Old English origin, meaning "shaking tree." The Quaking Aspen is the name of a tree native to North America, most commonly found in Utah and Colorado.

The name Aspen is often associated with the Aspen ski resort in Colorado, named as such because of its dense population of Quaking Aspen trees. Although the name works for any gender, it has become particularly popular for girls in the last decade. 

How Popular is the Name Aspen 

Aspen is the #201 most popular name in the U.S., according to Social Security Administration data. It has been steadily gaining popularity since the year 2000. It ranks #5 on 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Aspen was at its peak popularity in February 2020. 

Popularity of the Name Aspen in the United States

Aspen was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Colorado 
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Wyoming

Famous People Named Aspen and Aspen in Pop Culture 

Famous Aspen's include voice actress Aspen Vincent and child actress Aspen K. Somers. 

Aspen is a popular choice of name for celebrity children, chosen by NFL player Michael Boulware, director Bill Clark, and former MLB player Jim Edmonds. 

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