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Updated July 8, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

What does Maiden mean and stand for?


  • English: Young woman
  • German: Virgin or pure

Gender: Female

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Maiden is pronounced may-den

The name Maiden is derived from the Old English word "mæġden," meaning a young woman or virgin. It has historically signified purity and youth. Though uncommon as a given name, its associations with innocence and strength make it a unique choice. It is often used in literature and media to evoke a sense of classical virtue and fortitude.

How Popular Is The Name Maiden

Family name origins & meanings

English: nickname for a man of effeminate appearance, from Middle English maiden, the usual word for a young girl (from the old English word mægden).

Maiden in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Maiden from The Ascendancy Trilogy - A strong and intelligent protagonist who solves complex problems.
  • Maiden Redwulf from The Riftwar Saga - A courageous warrior renowned for her fighting skills.
  • Maiden Merrian from The Forest Maiden Tales - A nature-loving character who communicates with animals.
  • Maiden Arathorn from The Chronicles of Arathorn - A wise sorceress with a deep understanding of ancient magic.
  • Maiden Stoneward from The Legend of Stoneward - A fearless knight who defends her kingdom with unfailing loyalty.

Popularity of the Name Maiden

According to Social Security Administration data, Maiden is not currently ranked among the top baby names in the U.S. Despite its rarity, the name Maiden carries a historical and literary allure. The term "maiden" has been widely used in English literature to signify purity and youth, often symbolizing innocence in various works.

Historical figures and notable characters bearing the name or title “Maiden” include the iconic figure of the "Maiden Queen," Elizabeth I of England. In literature, the term appears frequently, such as in The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. While not common today, the name's literary heritage grants it a timeless quality that continues to resonate in cultural contexts.

Where Is the Name Maiden Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Maiden

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Mai
  • Denny
  • Maddy

Maiden Pairs Well With These Middle Names

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