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What does Arlan mean?

Arlan Pronunciation of Arlan [ar-lan] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Arlan) is of Gaelic derivation, and the name Arlan means "pledge, oath; noble's land; foreigner, stranger". Arlan is an alternate spelling of Arlen (Gaelic). Arlan is also a derivative of Erland (Old English, Old Norse): actor Erland Josephson.

Associated with: gaelic, noble.


Arlan has 5 variants: Arlenn, Arlin, Arllen, Arlyn and Arrlen.

4 more related forms via Arlen, Erland: Arland, Arlando, Arles and Erlend.

Creative forms:
(male) Ailan, Atlan, ..

(female) Arlani, Arra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Arlan Messiah (A.M.), ..

How popular is Arlan?

Arlan is an unusual first name for men but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#139757 out of 150436, Top 93%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Arlan entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its apex rank of #806 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Arlan ranked in the Top 2000 are Arlyn, Arlin, Arlen and Arland. Usage of these relations of Arlan was at its highest in the 1930s.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Arlan, Arland, Arlen, Arlin, Arlyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Arlan and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Arlan is pronounced similarly to Orlan and Orlin. Other suggested similar names are Aaran, Adan, Adlin, Adnan, Aedan, Ahran, Ailean, Aitan, Alain, Alan, Aland, Alban, Aldan, Alen, Alin, Allan, Allin, Allyn, Alon, Aman, Annan, Aran, Arand, Arden, Ardin, Arian, Arien, Arin, Arion, Arjay, Arjun, Arlie, Arlo, Arly, Arman, Armani, Armen, Armin, Armon, Arnan, Aron, Arpad, Arran, Arren, Arrin, Arsen, Arvad, Arvyn, Arwyn, Aryon, Ashlan, Aslan, Ayman, Bran, Brian, Colan, Dalan, Dolan, Dylan, Elan, Eran, Erman, Ernan, Felan, Harlan, Jalan, Karlan, Nolan, Oran, Orman, Orran, Rylan and Urban. These names tend to be more frequently used than Arlan.

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