John, 1599?–1687, Pilgrim settler in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620.
a male or female given name: from an Old English word meaning “old friend.”.
Contemporary Examples

The Border Patrol has already doubled in size since 2006, and has faced “real recruiting challenges,” Alden notes.
In Tiny Ajo, Arizona, Border Patrol Agents Are Living the Dream Terry Greene Sterling September 21, 2013

Historical Examples

Mr. Alden had watched for five nights when he knew the pressman to be at home.
The Sins of Sverac Bablon Sax Rohmer

And as Laura emerged from the room she was caught in the arms of her brother Alden.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

Since her one attempt to cross the silence that lay like a two-edged sword between them, Madame had said nothing to Alden.
Master of the Vineyard Myrtle Reed

To Alden, who knew the false-hearted beauty so well, all this was surprising.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

Alden Lytton flushed to the temples at hearing his true wife’s pure and noble name brought into this dishonoring examination.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

There, Alden, the reasoning was all false, wicked and fatal.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

Afterward, Alden read the paper and the other two played cribbage.
Master of the Vineyard Myrtle Reed

Alden did not reply, but stood up again with his hat in his hand.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

I believe that he and Mr. Mitchell were the only writers of your papers till Mr. Alden wrote the last?
Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells


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