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Etymology & Historical Origin - Alfie
Alfie is the English diminutive of Alfred (much like Fredo is the Italian diminutive of Alfredo). Alfred is borne from the Olde English masculine name Ælfræd. The name is comprised of the Olde English elements “ælf” meaning “elf” (one with supernatural powers), and “ræd” which means “to counsel”. Alfred is one of those few English forenames that both predated and survived the Norman Conquest of 1066. The endurance of Alfred as an English name is owed in part to the 9th century King of England, Ælfræd the Great (849-899). He became the King of Wessex at the age of 22 during a period of history when those pesky Danes were attempting to invade southern England. After a series of battles, Ælfræd was able to unite the whole of England in a successful defense and became the first King of the Anglo-Saxons. The “great” moniker would be bestowed upon him centuries later; the only English monarch to achieve such a status. Illiterate at first, Ælfræd became a self-taught scholar and translated Latin books into Olde English. He is also considered the “father of the English Navy” because he built a fleet of ships to prevent future invasions. Due to his enduring fame and prominent place in English history, the persistence of the name Alfred after the Norman Invasion can be owed to him. At the end of the Middle Ages, the name would become rare until a later revival in the 19th century. The diminutive Alfie is currently (and surprisingly) more popular than Alfred in most English speaking countries (the United States excluded). Alfie is a Top 10 favorite in both England and Wales, and a Top 20 most popular baby boy’s name in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Popularity of the Name Alfie
It’s funny how some names are hugely popular over on the British Isles but don’t quite make the cut here in North America. Alfie is an example of a name highly fashionable in Britain but completely ignored in the United States. In fact, Alfie has only made an appearance on America’s Top 1000 list twice (in 1967 and 1968) and even then it was barely detectable. Only 13 baby boys were named Alfie in 2012. That means Alfie is about as common as Aengus and Aboubacar here in the U.S. Even old Alfred is coming close to dropping off America’s Top 1000 list. So why do they love it so much in the U.K.? We see a lot of casual diminutives on their charts today (Archie, Ollie, Freddie, Bobby and the like); whereas Americans are typically using the traditional versions of names over diminutives. At least for their baby boys.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alfie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alfie
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alfie
Alfie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alfie.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Alfie
Alfie Gets in First (Shirley Hughes) - Arriving home after shopping with his mom and sister, Alfie rushes inside and slams the door. Bang! Alfie is stuck inside and his mom and Annie Rose are stuck outside without a key. Soon everyone in the street becomes involved in trying to rescue Alfie, but he has a plan of his own. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Alfie Gives a Hand (Shirley Hughes) - Alfie is excited when he is invited to Bernard's birthday party, though he feels a bit nervous about going on his own. But Alfie has such a great time that he finds he doesn't even need his special blanket—and he makes a new friend too! Recommended for ages 3-7.
Alfie Runs Away (Kenneth M. Cadow) - Alfie's mother wants to get rid of his favorite red shoes he's outgrown. So Alfie is running away. His mother points out that he might get thirsty on his trip, and she gives him a bottle of nice cold water. And a flashlight, in case it gets dark. Together, they pack everything Alfie might need. But once he is out in the wide world, Alfie discovers that some very important things can't be packed in bags. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Alfie the Apostrophe (Moira Rose Donohue) - Alfie the Apostrophe is nervous. Can he make it into the punctuation-mark talent show? There's plenty of competition. Question marks tell riddles; exclamation points do cheerleading routines. And it looks as if the director, Bud Asterisk, has mistaken Alfie for a comma! Will all of Alfie's practice pay off? Recommended for ages 6-9.
Alfie's Christmas (Shirley Hughes) - A perfect gift, this beautiful storybook invites young readers to join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas, and covers every Christmas milestone. Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents, he sings carols and decorates the tree, and he writes a special letter to Father Christmas. What will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day? It's going to be such an exciting day! Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Alfie
Famous People Named Alfie - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Alfie.
Children of Famous People Named Alfie
Famous People who Named Their Son Alfie - Gary Oldman (English filmmaker); Steven Weber (actor)
Alfie - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Alfie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alfie.
Personality of the Boy Name Alfie
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alfie