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Meaning and Name Origin

Allen \a(l)-len\ as a boys' name is pronounced AL-en. It is of Gaelic origin. Variant of Alan (Old German) "precious". 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.


Allen is a very popular first name for men (#114 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#27 out of 88799, 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.

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

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

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

Similar Names

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.