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What does Harlan mean?

Harlan Pronunciation of Harlan 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, judge, defender


VARIANTS Harland, Harlen, Harlenn, Harlin, Harlyn, Harlynn




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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 #746 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Harlan (#746 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Harland, Harlen and Harlin. 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harlan, Harland, Harlen, Harlin in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.

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