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What does Tan mean?

Tan Pronunciation of Tan as a name for boys is an Old English name, and the meaning of the name Tan is "leather maker". Tan is a variant form of Tanner (Old English).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, maker (occupational)


OTHER FORMS VIA TANNER Tanier, Tannen, Tanney, Tannie, Tannis, Tannon



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How popular is Tan?

Tan is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#1530 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

The only popular alternative form of Tan (UNLISTED) is Tanner (#302 FROM CURRENT RECORDS). Adoption of this form of Tan was well-received among parents 21 years ago (ADOPTION OF 0.2%) and has become significantly less since (ADOPTION 0.1%, 75% LESS), with Tanner becoming less stylish. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tanner in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Tan is alike in pronunciation to Teun, Thaine, Ton, Toon, Tune, Twain, Twaine, Twan and Twayn. Other recommended sound-alike names are Ban, Dan, Ean, Han, Ian, Jan, Man, Tab, Tad, Taj, Tal, Tam, Tau, Tay, Taz, Van, Xan and Zan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Tan.

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