Meaning and Origin of: Hayden

Meaning and Origin of Hayden

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Hay field

What does Hayden mean and stand for?

The name Hayden is of Old English origin and began as a surname that means "hay field." It is comprised of the Old English words heg, meaning "hay" and denu, meaning "valley" or dun, meaning "hill."

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish : reduced form of O’Hayden, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÉideáin and Ó hÉidín ‘descendant of Éideán’ or ‘descendant of Éidín’, personal names apparently from a diminutive of éideadh ‘clothes’, ‘armor’. There was also a Norman family bearing the English name (see 2 below), living in County Wexford.
  • English : habitational name from any of various places called Hayden or Haydon. The three examples of Haydon in Northumberland are named from Old English hēg ‘hay’ + denu ‘valley’. Others, for example in Dorset, Hertfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire, get the name from Old English hēg ‘hay’ (or perhaps hege ‘hedge’ or (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’) + dūn ‘hill’.
  • Jewish : see Heiden.


According to Social Security Administration data, Hayden has been consistently decreasing in popularity over the years after falling out of the top 100 in 2012 and the top 150 in 2016.

However, it is the 32nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Hayden was at its peak popularity in May 2017.

Hayden is most often associated with Hayden Christensen, of Star Wars fame. Other notable namesakes include actor Hayden Byerly and historian Hayden White. TV chef Tyler Florence and beauty queen Tolan Clark, politician John Lynch, actors Ashley Jones and Joel Henricks, and TV presenter John Walsh all chose the name for their sons.

Where is it Popular?

Hayden was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Hayden

  • Ayden
  • Ay
  • Hay

Pairs well with these middle names