The name was originally a short form of Alfred, but has been used as an independent given name, particularly in England, since the turn of the 20th-century.
It is currently the 4th most popular male name in England/Wales, (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 26 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
- # 27 (Scotland, 2010)
- # 97 (Ireland, 2010)