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What does Allen mean?

Allen Pronunciation of Allen [allen] as a boys' name is pronounced AL-en. It is of Gaelic and Old German origin, and the meaning of Allen is "precious". Variant of Alan. Allen is an English and American preference. See also Alain.

Associated with: gaelic.


Allen has 2 variants: Allan and Allyn.

21 more different relations via Alain, Alan: Ailean, Ailin, Al, Alain, Alair, Aland, Alann, Alano, Alen, Alin, Allain, Allayne, Alley, Alleyn, Alleyne, Allie, Allin, Allon, Alon, Alun and Alyn.

Creative forms:
(male) Ablen, ..

(female) Allenne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Allen Jakob (A.J.), ..

How popular is Allen?

Allen is a very popular first name for men (#114 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#32 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Allen reached its top position of #74 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #349. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Allen (#349 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000 are Al, Alain, Alan (#167 from recent data), Alen, Allan (#656), Allie and Allyn. Other variants, like Alon, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Allen was well-received 65 years ago (usage of 0.8%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2%, 73.4%), with versions like Allie becoming less in vogue.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Allen is pronounced similarly to Ailwyn, Aloin, Aluin, Alwin, Alwine, Alwyn, Alwynn, Aylwin, Eilan, Eilean, Eilon, Elan, Elian, Elon, Elwin, Elwyn, Ilan, Ilon, Olen, Olin, Olyn, Waylen and Wylan. Other recommended names are Aaren, Aden, Adley, Ahren, Alben, Alden, Aldin, Aldon, Aled, Alek, Alem, Alex, Alfeo, Alfey, Algey, Allcen, Allerd (see Ellard), Allex, Allson, Alten, Alter, Alton, Alven, Alvern, Alvin, Ameen, Arden, Arien, Arlen, Arles, Arley, Arllen, Arlyn, Aslan, Aspen, Atlea, Atley, Auben, Auden, Ayden, Ayken, Dalen, Dallen, Galen, Hallen, Kalen, Kylen, Mellen, Millen, Talen, Tallen and Valen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Allen.

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