Arden Name Meaning & Origin
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Arden comes from the Hebrew word for the garden of Eden, meaning a place of solitude and great beauty. Shakespeare used the name an an homage to his mother, whose name was Mary Arden, when he named the solitary and beautiful forest in his play.
The Forest of Arden is a real place in England, located right next to Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare came from. Shakespeare's mother was indeed named Mary Arden; she came from a prominent family in the area who took their name from the forest. The Forest of Arden in As You Like It is an imaginary version which incorporates elements from the Ardennes Forest in Belgium/Luxembourg/France. As far as the derivation of the name goes, it probably comes from an ancient British (i.e. Celtic) word "ardu," meaning "high" or "high land." There are towns in the area of the forest called Henley-in-Arden, Tanworth-in-Arden and Hampton-in-Arden, and a couple of villages in Scotland named Arden as well.
- Famous real-life people named Arden
Arden Cho - Korean-American actress (Plays Kira Yukimura on MTV's Teen Wolf.)
Arden Myrin, actress and comedian
Elizabeth Arden, the founder of the cosmetics giant. Her real name was Florence Nightingale Graham.
- Arden in song, story & screen
Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 – November 12, 1990) was an American actress
"Enoch Arden," a narrative poem by Lord Tennyson