[ 2 syll. hay-den, ha-yd-en ] The baby girl name Hayden is also used, and more commonly so, as a boy name. It is pronounced HHEY-DehN †. Hayden's language of origin is Germanic and it is predominantly used in English. It is derived from the word heidano which is of the meaning 'heathen'. It represents the transferred use of the surname as a given name. See Hayden for more information.
Hayden is a popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as rather trendy. The name has been rising in popularity since the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. At the modest peak of its usage in 2008, 0.129% of baby girls were named Hayden. It had a ranking of #126 then. In 2012, it ranked at #196 with a usage of 0.084%, and it was the most popular out of all girl names in its family. In the last century Hayden has mainly been a boy name. There were 3 times more boys than girls who were named Hayden in 2011.
† Pronunciation for Hayden: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Hayden is Hayden Panettiere, Actress, born 21 August 1989, Palisades, New York.