What does Harlan mean?
Harlan /har-lan/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harlan is "army land". Place name.
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)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Harlan for boys. Harlan reached its highest position of #284 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #936 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Harlan (#936 in 2014) are Harlen and Harland. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.3787%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.0213%, ▼94.4%), with the versions Harland and Harlan becoming less stylish. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Harlan and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)