What does Allen mean?
Allen \a(l)-len\ 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 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 (#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)
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 (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)
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.