What does Allen mean?
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.
(male) Ablen, Atlen, ..
(female) Aldel, Alleni, .. 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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.