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What does Stan mean?

Stan Pronunciation of Stan [stan] as a name for boys is of Old English derivation, and the name Stan means "stony meadow". Stan is an alternate spelling of Stanley (Old English): place name.

Associated with: old english, meadow.


3 related forms via Stanley: Stanlea, Stanlee and Stanly.

Creative forms:
(male) Stad, Stanne, ..

(female) Stae, Stanae, ..

Middle name pairings:
Stan Bryson (S.B.), ..

How popular is Stan?

Stan is a very prominent first name for men (#550 out of 1220, Top 45%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#27085 out of 150436, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Stan was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its highest position of #483 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular related forms of Stan are Stanley (#688 from current records) and Stanly. Other variants, like Stanlea, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Stan was common among parents a century ago (average #1300) and is now much reduced (#1562, 96.5% less usage), with versions such as Stanley falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Stan, Stanley, Stanly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Stan is pronounced similarly to Steen, Stein, Sten and Stone. Other recommended names are Aitan, Alan, Athan, Ban, Bran, Chan, Cian, Dan, Doan, Ean, Eban, Edan, Egan, Eian, Eitan, Elan, Eran, Etan, Ethan, Ewan, Gian, Gyan, Han, Ian, Idan, Ivan, Jan, Jian, Khan, Kian, Man, Natan, Rian, Roan, Sagan, Sajan, Sal, Sam, Sean, Seton, Shad, Shae, Shai, Shan, Shane, Shann, Shaq, Shaun, Shaw, Shay, Shayn, Sloan, Stana, Stanek, Starr, Stearn, Stefan, Steno, Stern, Stian, Suman, Sven, Swain, Swayn, Swen, Syon, Tan, Twan, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Stan.

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