What does Harlan mean?
Harlan [har-lan] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harlan is "grey land; hare land". Place name from Harland, from hâr "grey" or hara "hare", and land "cleared land". The name is used in the US in honor of Judge John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911), a defender of civil rights.
1 feminine form: Harleen.Creative forms:
(male) Halan, Hamlan, ..
(female) Harhan, .. Middle name pairings:
Harlan Braeden (H.B.), ..
How popular is Harlan?
Harlan is a very prominent first name for men (#580 out of 1220, Top 47%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#3084 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Harlan reached its highest position of #276 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #823 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Harlan (#823 in recent rankings) are Harlin, Harland and Harlen. These forms of Harlan were favored as baby names in the 1920s (median #777) and have become much less common since, with the version Harland becoming somewhat outmoded.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Aaran, Arlan, Caelan, Calan, Callan▲, Carolan, Daelan, Daran, Darian, Darran, Daylan, Faelan, Farlay, Farran, Galan, Garan, Garland▼, Garlen, Garllan, Garlyn, Garman, Garvan, Haddan, Hagan, Hakan, Hallam, Hallen, Hamlen, Hamlin, Hamlyn, Hanan, Hannan, Harben, Harden, Hardon, Harkan, Harken, Harkin, Harlea, Harlee, Harley▼, Harlie, Harlo, Harlow, Harmann, Harmen, Harmon▼, Haron, Haroon, Haroun, Harpal, Hartman, Hasan, Haydan, Haylan, Hernan, Howlan, Jalan, Jaran, Jarman, Jarran, Jaylan▼, Kaelan, Kalan, Karlin, Karman, Larran, Marlan, Marland, Marlen, Marlin▼, Marlon, Tallan, Tarran and Waylan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Harlan.See names in meaning and etymology.