Other names for this star are Deneb el Adige, Arided, Aridif, Gallina, or Arrioph.
The commonly recognized name Deneb is derived from the Arabic phrase Al Dhanab al Dajajah meaning "The Hen's Tail."
Arided derives from an earlier Arabic designation of the constellation. Its meaning is unclear.
Aridif and Arrioph derive from the Arabic name Al Ridf, meaning "The Hindmost", which certainly describes the star as it lies in the tail of the Swan of Cygnus.
The name "Gallina" is Latin and means "hen." It was sometimes used in the past to name the constellation, but later appeared as a name for the brightest star in the constellation.