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Alfred is a masculine given name of English origin, a modern descendant of the Anglo-Saxon name Ælfræd (), formed from the Germanic words ''ælf'', meaning "elf", and "read" meaning "red" Red Elf. some have suggested that ''ræd'', meaning "counsel". perhaps due to "Lord of the Rings" fantasy. The word order of Anglo-Saxon and Old German languages doesn't support this. Its feminine form is Alfreda, and diminutives of Alfred include Al, Alf, Alfie, Fred, and Freddy. Today, Alfred is still in regular usage in a number of different regions, especially Great Britain, Africa, Scandinavia, and North America.


Cognates


* Ælfræd (Anglo-Saxon) * Alfréd (Hungarian, Slovakian) * Alfredo (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) * Alfrēds (Latvian) * Alfredas (Lithuanian) * Fredo (diminutive of Alfredo)

Given name



Royalty and politicians

* Alfred the Great, 9th-century King of Wessex * Alfred Aetheling (died 1036), son of King Ethelred II of England * Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844–1900), second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha * Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, grandson of Queen Victoria and son of Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha * Alfred A. Lama (1899–1984), Italian-American architect and politician * Alfred Bansard des Bois (1848–1920), French politician * Alfred Winsor Brown, governor of Guam * Alfred Deakin (1856–1919), 2nd Prime Minister of Australia * Alfred Joseph Richard de Soysa (1869-1939), Sri Lankan Sinhala landowner and member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon * Alfred Dregger (1920–2002), German politician * Alfred Gusenbauer (born 1960), Austrian politician * Alfred Käärmann (1922–2010), Estonian freedom fighter * Alf Landon, American politician * Alfred Lecerf, Belgian politician * Alfred Mtsi (1950/1951–2020), South African politician * Al Smith, American statesman * Alfred Graf von Schlieffen (1833–1913), German field marshal and strategist


Writers and philosophers


* Alfred Bester, American science fiction author * Alfred de Musset (1810–1857), French romantic poet and playwright * Alfred de Vigny (1797–1863), French romantic poet * Alfred Jarry, French writer and founder of 'pataphysics * Alfred Rosenberg (1893–1946), German Nazi theorist * Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), British poet * Alfred North Whitehead, English analytic philosopher and mathematician, co-author of ''Principia Mathematica''


Athletes


* Alfred Aboya (born 1985), Cameroonian basketball player *Alfred Bloch (born 1877), French Olympic footballer * Alfred Butch Lee, retired Puerto Rican basketball player * Alfred Eissler, American football player * Alfred Kipketer (born 1996), Kenyan middle-distance runner and 2013 world youth champion *Alfred Kuchevsky (1931–2000), Soviet professional ice hockey player *Alfred McCullough, American football player * Alfred Morris, American football player * Alfred Neuland (1895–1966), Estonian weightlifter * Alf Ramsey, English football manager * Alfred Schmidt (1898–1972), Estonian weightlifter * Alfred Tetteh, Ghanaian boxer


Businessmen


* Alfred Fielding, inventor of Bubble Wrap * Alfred Ford (born 1950), heir to the Ford family fortune * Alfred S. Hart, American businessman and banker * Alfred Herrhausen (1930–1989), German banker * Alfred Lindon (c. 1868–1948), businessman and art collector * Alfred Pisani, prominent hotelier * Alfred Sung, fashion designer


Artists and entertainers


* Alfred Biolek (born 1934), German entertainer and television producer * Alfred Gerald Caplin (20th century), American cartoonist and humorist better known as "Al Capp" * Alfred Edirimanne (1929-2000), Sri Lankan Sinhala cinema actor and politician *Alfred Hawthorne, English comedian better known as "Benny Hill" *Alfred Hirv (1880–1918), Estonian painter *Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980), English film director *Alfred Molina, British-American actor *Alfred Rasser, Swiss artist *Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer * Alfred Fred Momotenko (born 1970), Russian-Dutch composer *Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (born 1959), American parody–comedy musician *Alfred Hui, Hong Kong artist, singer, and dentist


Military people


*Alfred Jodl (1890–1946), German Wehrmacht general who was executed at the Nuremberg trials *Alfred Thayer Mahan (19th century), American naval strategist and historian *Alfred Saalwächter (1883–1945), German naval officer executed for war crimes *Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935), French Jewish artillery officer wrongly accused of treason *Alfred Trzebinski (1902–1946), German SS physician at several Nazi concentration camps executed for war crimes *Alfred Zeidler (born 1909), German SS concentration camp commandant *Alfred K. Newman (1924–2019), United States Marine and Navajo code talker

Scientists

*Alfred Douglas Hardy (19th–20th century), Australian botanist *Alfred Kinsey (1894–1956), American entomologist, zoologist, and human sexuality researcher *Alfred Marshall, English economist *Alfred Newton, English zoologist and ornithologist *Alfred Nobel (1833–1896), Swedish chemist and engineer *Alfred Wilhelm Volkmann (1801–1877), German physiologist, anatomist, and philosopher *Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist *Alfred Wegener (1880–1930), German scientist

Fictional characters

* Alfred, major character, a penguin, in the Franco-Belgian comic strip ''Zig et Puce'' * Alfred, nickname of the nature spirit Demonreach, a minor character in ''The Dresden Files'' * Alfred, character in the video game ''Fatal Fury (series)'' * Alfred, alchemist and playable character in ''Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon'' * Alfred, Sartan character from the novel ''Dragon Wing'' and other books of ''The Death Gate Cycle'' * Alfred Alembick, character from ''King Ottokar's Sceptre'' *Alfred Doolittle, father of Eliza Doolittle in ''Pygmalion'' and ''My Fair Lady'' * Alfred Hedgehog, main character of the French-Canadian animated television series ''The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog'' * Alfred J. Kwak, main character of the eponymous Dutch-Japanese anime television series * Alfred E. Neuman, mascot and iconic cover boy of ''Mad'' magazine * Alfred Pennyworth, butler to DC Comics superhero Batman * Alfred the Hot Water Bottle, from Australian children's television series ''Johnson and Friends'' * Alfred F. Jones, the personification of the United States of America and leader of the Allied Powers in the anime ''Hetalia'' by Hidekaz Himaruya


Other


*Alfred of Sherborne (10th century), English bishop *Alfred Westou, (11th century), English priest and relic collector *Alfred of Sareshel (12th–13th century), translator, born in England, moved to Spain *Alfred Packer (19th century), American cannibal *Sir Alfred Mehran (20th century), birth name Mehran Karimi Nasseri, Iranian refugee *Alfred Worden (20th century), American astronaut, one of only 24 people who have flown to the Moon *Alfred Francis, Welsh rugby player *Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer

Surname

* Mike Alfred (poet), a South African poet

See also

* Alfredo

References

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