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What does Alan mean?

Alan Pronunciation of Alan [alan] 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.

Associated with: gaelic, little, rock, england, followers (servant), conqueror (king), earl (noble), estates (home), popular (famous), ancient (old), warrior.


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.

Related boy name: Elwyn.

1 feminine form: Alana.

Creative forms:
(male) Alad, Anan, ..

(female) Alal, Alar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alan Iker (A.I.), ..

How popular is Alan?

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. Demographics)

Alan reached its top position of #45 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is currently at #167. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Al, Alain, Alen, Allan (#656 a year ago), Allen (#349), Allie, Allyn and Elwyn are the prominent varying forms of Alan (#167 a year ago). These forms of Alan were popular in the 1950s (usage of 0.76%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2%, 73.5%), with versions like Alan becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alan, Al, Alain, Alen, Allan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Allen, Allie, Allyn, Elwyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alan is pronounced similarly to Ailwyn, Aloin, Aluin, Alwin, Alwine, Alwyn, Alwynn, Aylwin, Eilan, Eilean, Eilian, Eilon, Elan, Elian, Elon, Elwin, Ilan, Ilon, Olen, Olin, Olyn, Waylan and Wylan. Other recommended names are Aaran, Abad, Adan, Adar, Aden, Adlai, Adon, Aitan, Alanso, Alba, Albain, Alban, Aldan, Aldin, Alek, Alem, Alex, Alexan, Alfy, Alix, Altman, Alto, Alvan, Alvin, Aman, Amin, Amyn, Aran, Aren, Arlan, Arlen, Arman, Arnan, Asad, Ashlan, Aslan, Athan, Atlas, Azam, Chan, Dilan, Eran, Fran, Galan, Han, Ifan, Ivan, Jian, Kalan, Khan, Kian and Shan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alan.

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