Aidan is such a popular name these days that a lot of people might not realize its rich history. The name comes from the Celtic god of sun and fire, Aodh, and means “fiery one” in Irish.
While popular names change over time, every once in a while one comes along that we might consider a new classic. Aidan is getting a lot of love at the moment and its centuries-old Celtic ties prove that is has staying power.
That’s what’s so interesting about Aidan. It’s trendy and historical at the same time. When pairing it with a middle name, you can give it an entirely different twist and really make it your own.
Do Something Different
Because Aidan is a popular first name, one idea is to go in a completely different direction for a middle name and choose something truly unique.
There are so many ways to go with this. Choose a name that represents your favorite past time, author, fictional character, musician, or even cartoon.
Try Aidan Harley, Aidan Garfield, Aidan Linus, Aiden Hemmingway, or even something like Adian Bowie or Aiden Ford.
Of course, you can always do something really different and choose an object, adjective, or animal that you love. How about Aidan Fox, Aiden Axe, Aiden Otter, or Aiden Jet?
Because Aidan is such a popular yet historical name, you can really have a lot of fun with the middle name. In fact, there isn’t very much that’s off limits. Adian Blue, Adian Armor, Adian Alpha, Aidan Cage, Aidan Berry. The options are endless.
Keep It Traditional
Aidan is historically Irish so how about pairing it with another traditional Irish name? Try Aidan Angus, Aidan Alby, Aidan Killian, or Aidan Garret. There are plenty of Welsh names that work great, too, like Aidan Ewan, Aidan Glyn, or Aidan Rhys.
Of course, you can use a traditional name from your own family heritage. Do you have Italian roots?
How about Aidan Matteo, Aidan Diego, Aidan Antonio, or Aidan Lorenzo? If you’re Latino, try Aidan Sebastian, Aidan Alejandro, Aidan Rodrigo, or Aidan Franco. There are a lot of good Indian names, too: Aidan Sai, Aidan Rahul, or Aidan Navin.
One of the great things about going the traditional route is it allows you to choose a modern mainstream name while still demonstrating strong ties to your heritage.
Mix up the Syllables
Aidan is a strong two-syllable name that would sound great if parted with a good one syllable name. Some great ones to consider are Aidan James, Aidan Jack, Aidan Blake, Aidan Boone, Aidan Nash, or Aidan Scott.
Using a longer middle name creates a really nice flow, too.
Try names with three syllables or more, like Aidan Benjamin, Aidan Christopher, Aidan Ellery, Aidan Alexander, or Aidan Bartholomew.
Go Ultra Trendy
Although Aidan is one of the more popular boys’ names, there are some that have been making the top ten most popular names for years.
Pairing any of those names with Aidan would be super trendy and popular: Aidan Liam, Aidan Noah, Aidan Elijah, Aidan Logan, Aidan Mason, or Aidan James.
Old Is New Again
We looked at names that are popular now but what about names that were popular in the past? These days, you can research popular names by decade. Go back to the 1940s for Aidan Charles or Aidan Michael.
The 1960s brings us Aidan Jeffrey and Aidan Thomas and the 1980s introduced Aidan Jason and Aidan Justin.
All in the Family
Family names are always a good choice for a middle name. There are actually a lot of ways to approach this. Do you have a family member who means a lot to you or whose memory you want to honor?
Using your dad’s, grandfather’s, or even great-uncle’s name as a middle name is a great way to demonstrate love and respect.
Are you unsure of whose last name to give the baby? If you and your partner can’t agree, use one of your surnames as the baby’s last name and the other as the middle name. You can also use your mother’s or grandmother’s maiden name or even a last name from way back in your family tree.
Middle names chosen in honor of the baby’s father are nice, too. If you want to name the baby after his father but don’t like the idea of the baby being a junior or “the third,” a middle name is a nice alternative.
As a first name, Aidan is well on its way to being a new classic. It’s current popularity and historical ties to Irish culture give it the interesting distinction of being modern and traditional at the same time. Choosing a middle name is a big decision but, whatever you choose, we know your baby will make it his all his own.