What does Alan mean?
Alan \a-lan\ as a boys' name is pronounced AL-an. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Alan is "precious". From Adal. Also possibly derived from the Gaelic "ailin" meaning "little rock". Introduced into England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, such as Alan, Earl of Brittany, who was rewarded for his services with vast estates in the newly conquered kingdom. Popular in the Middle Ages, with a boom around the 1950s influenced by the popularity of actor Alan Ladd. In Russia, the name is linked to the ancient warrior tribe Alans that is the origin of the Ossetians. Author Alan Paton; lyricist Alan Jay Lerner; playwright Alan Bennett; astronaut Alan Shepard; actors Alan Alda, Alan Cumming; poet Allen Ginsberg; basketball player Allen Iverson.
Alan has 25 variants: Ailean, Ailin, Al▼, Alain, Alair, Aland, Alann, Alano, Alanson, Alen, Alin, Allain, Allan▼, Allayne, Allen▼, Alley, Alleyn, Alleyne, Allie▼, Allin, Allon, Allyn, Alon, Alun and Alyn.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Elwyn.
Alan has 1 more different form via Adal: Edel.
Alan has 1 feminine form: Alana.
Alan is a very prominent first name for males (#91 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#18551 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Alan for boys. Alan reached its top position of #45 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is currently at #170. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Al, Allan (#720 a year ago), Allen (#367), Allie, Allyn and Elwyn are the prominent varying forms of Alan (#170 a year ago). These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.4869%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.249%, down 48.9%), with the versions Al, Allan, Allen, Allie and Elwyn becoming somewhat dated. Alan (#170) is the most chic boy name among these. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Alan and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Alan is pronounced similarly to Aloin, Aluin, Alwin, Alwyn, Eilan, Elan, Elian, Elon, Ilan, Ilon, Olen▼, Olin▼, Olyn and Wylan. Other recommended similar baby names are Adan, Alban, Aldan, Alem, Alvan, Aman, Aran, Arlan and Aslan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alan.