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Arden Meaning and Origin

The name Arden is a unisex name meaning “eagle valley” and is of English origin. The name derives from Old English pre 7th Century earn, an eagle plus denu a valley. Arden has English origins and is derived from a place name in Warwickshire, England. The name “Arden” is believed to come from the Old English word “arde” or “earn,” meaning “eagle,” combined with “dun,” which means “hill.” Hence, the name Arden signifies “eagle hill” or “eagle’s den.” Arden can also have Gaelic roots and is said to be a variant of the Irish name “Ardan,” which means “high aspiration” or “high ambition.” In Gaelic, “ard” means “high” or “noble,” and “an” is a diminutive suffix. The name Arden is a surname as well as a place name that belongs to any of three places in Yorkshire North Riding, Cheshire, or the Forest of Arden in Warwickshire. Shakespeare used the name in a play as a homage to his mother, Mary Arden.

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