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Allen /al-len/ [2 sylls.] 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; Allan is Scottish. See also Alain.


Allen has 2 variants: Allan and Allyn.

Allen has 22 more different forms via Alain, Alan, Allan: Ailean, Ailin, Al, Alain, Alair, Aland, Alann, Alano, Alanson, Alen, Alin, Allain, Allayne, Alley, Alleyn, Alleyne, Allie, Allin, Allon, Alon, Alun and Alyn.

Kreatif forms: Allenaeo, Alnio, Amlen. [more]

pinHow 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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Allen for boys. Allen reached its top position of #75 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #367. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Allen name in U.S.

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

Prominent variation forms of Allen (#367 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Al, Alan (#170 last year), Allan (#720), Allie and Allyn. Variants like Alin are seldom used. Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.568%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2905%, down 48.9%), with the versions Al, Allan, Allen and Allie becoming less in vogue. Alan (#170) is the most trendy boy name here. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Allen and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Allen, Al, Alan, Allan, Allie, Allyn in U.S.

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

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Allen is pronounced similarly to Aloin, Aluin, Alwin, Alwyn and Olen. Other recommended similar baby names are Alben, Alden, Alem, Allcen, Allex, Alten, Alven, Arlen and Arllen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Allen.