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- Italian, Spanish
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Alfredo
Alfredo is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the English masculine name Ælfræd (Alfred). 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 Italians, Spanish and Portuguese translate the name into Alfredo which is often shortened to the pet form Fredo.
Popularity of the Name Alfredo
Alfredo has maintained a spot on the U.S. popularity charts since the late 19th century. At first, the usage of the name was probably influenced by Italian-Americans during the greatest surge of Italian immigration into the United States (1880-1914). The name slowly but steadily improved in usage as the decades progressed into the 20th century. Eventually the sustained growth of Spanish-speaking Americans would lend their influence to the name. Alfredo has never reached anything beyond moderate popularity. The name reached its peak usage during the 1980s which is right about the time that Alfredo surpassed his English counterpart (Alfred) on the American male naming charts. Still more popular than Alfred, Alfredo does appear to be waning as more and more of the second and third generation Hispanic/Latino-Americans are leaving their native names behind in favor of the naming trends dictated by the country as a whole. Alfredo is a charming name, although many people associate it with the pasta sauce. One interesting factoid: Alfredo is the birth name of the talented actor Al Pacino. The name’s etymology (“elf counsel”) gives the name a sagacious and erudite quality. It’s also a Number Seven in numerology which is the mystical number also in keeping with Alfredo’s root meaning.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alfredo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alfredo
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alfredo
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Popular Songs on Alfredo
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Alfredo
Uncle Alfredo's Zoo (Judith Vigna) - Having traveled to a small village in Italy to see an ancestor's collection of stone animals, Anna is disappointed to find it vanished, but then one night the animals mysteriously reappear. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Children of Famous People Named Alfredo
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Alfredo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Alfredo
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alfredo