Meaning: Hay valley
Alternate spellings: Haiden, Haydan
Hayden is one of those names in the middle of a boys vs. girls smackdown. The first year it made the list of popular names in the U.S. for girls, in 1998, it debuted at #836. That same year, it was #160 for boys, but the gap has closed considerably since then.
Although the name is still more widely used for boys, it remains to be seen how big an impact will come from female actor Hayden Panettiere, who starred in the TV show Heroes in 2006. Historically, for boys, Hayden had limited popularity on the U.S. charts at the end of the 1880s through the mid-1900s and then dropped off the charts entirely until 1986. It made a huge leap from 1989 to 1990 and has been increasing in popularity ever since.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008