Of relatively recent origin and uncertain etymology. It is first recorded in the 19th century. It may be a shortened form of Belinda, an adoption of Spanish linda ‘pretty’, or a Latinate derivative of any of various other Germanic female names ending in -lind meaning ‘weak, tender, soft’. It was popular in the 20th century, especially in the 1950s.
English: habitational name for someone from the district of Arden in Warwickshire or from Arden in North Yorkshire. Both place names are derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘high’, and are cognate with Ardennes, name of a forested region on the borders between northeastern France and eastern Belgium.