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Alan Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Alan?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Alan, ranked the 159th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 most popular, Alan has been a top 1000 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

Its highest popularity RANKING of #40 was reached in 1951.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1955 with 9,028 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Alan was less than 5, most recently in 1883.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Alan occurred roughly during the years 1896-1900, 1903-1931, 1933-1947, 1948-1951, and 1998-2006, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1964-1973.

For a number of years, the name Alan has remained mostly unchanged in popularity. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Alan for their newborn has remained about the same.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Alan?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a low point.

The name Alan is favored by many parents and will probably continue to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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   Alan (Girl)Alan (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 5 15,911 2,436 159
2016 5 16,294 2,629 154
2015 13 8,454 2,482 167
2014 9 10,981 2,497 170
2013 9 11,027 2,604 153
2012 12 9,120 2,283 170
2011 9 11,205 2,339 164
2010 < 5 -- 2,512 156
2009 7 13,762 2,843 142
2008 < 5 -- 3,026 135
2007 8 12,703 3,249 129
2006 6 15,200 3,473 122
2005 13 8,345 3,204 128
2004 17 6,774 3,062 132
2003 17 6,585 3,097 131
2002 7 12,223 2,623 150
2001 7 12,105 2,643 148
2000 12 8,041 2,414 161
1999 8 10,374 2,248 164
1998 5 14,188 2,138 161
1997 7 10,875 2,177 158
1996 9 8,831 2,446 143
1995 9 8,783 2,293 153
1994 9 8,822 2,433 144
1993 11 7,501 2,561 132
1992 15 6,013 2,606 129
1991 16 5,663 2,543 128
1990 15 5,839 2,640 125
1989 15 5,547 2,726 120
1988 16 5,063 2,755 110
1987 25 3,527 2,586 112
1986 21 3,890 2,643 107
1985 19 4,124 2,682 108
1984 19 3,992 2,701 105
1983 13 5,150 2,769 102
1982 15 4,719 2,684 107
1981 9 6,804 2,594 112
1980 20 3,854 2,672 112
1979 11 5,750 2,325 116
1978 13 4,932 2,119 122
1977 14 4,656 2,134 127
1976 19 3,539 2,188 115
1975 15 4,140 2,247 115
1974 12 4,724 2,234 117
1973 15 3,971 2,272 114
1972 9 5,482 2,576 110
1971 15 3,944 3,168 99
1970 23 2,936 3,560 91
1969 17 3,319 3,860 76
1968 20 2,871 3,983 72
1967 14 3,485 4,567 61
1966 10 4,196 4,944 57
1965 17 3,050 5,618 59
1964 24 2,530 6,810 53
1963 21 2,705 6,935 56
1962 28 2,263 7,712 53
1961 22 2,609 8,617 51
1960 21 2,650 8,357 50
1959 18 2,758 8,148 50
1958 14 3,226 8,227 49
1957 19 2,654 8,208 48
1956 12 3,494 8,722 44
1955 15 2,968 9,028 43
1954 13 3,156 8,710 43
1953 12 3,268 8,444 43
1952 12 3,199 8,306 42
1951 15 2,695 8,413 40
1950 13 2,913 7,738 41
1949 14 2,726 7,256 45
1948 10 3,346 7,394 46
1947 19 2,279 7,823 45
1946 7 3,997 6,490 49
1945 9 3,133 5,072 52
1944 8 3,381 4,277 55
1943 5 4,698 3,855 67
1942 7 3,740 3,136 81
1941 5 4,423 2,624 84
1940 6 3,867 2,376 88
1939 6 3,782 2,330 85
1938 < 5 -- 2,241 91
1937 < 5 -- 1,844 103
1936 < 5 -- 1,755 108
1935 < 5 -- 1,426 122
1934 < 5 -- 1,367 124
1933 7 3,408 1,345 122
1932 8 3,276 1,339 127
1931 5 4,337 1,421 120
1930 9 3,056 1,303 136
1929 8 3,396 1,101 146
1928 7 3,746 964 157
1927 7 3,879 808 178
1926 5 4,860 836 174
1925 < 5 -- 803 180
1924 < 5 -- 626 217
1923 < 5 -- 588 221
1922 < 5 -- 479 257
1921 5 5,112 375 289
1920 < 5 -- 433 263
1919 < 5 -- 330 299
1918 < 5 -- 333 302
1917 < 5 -- 310 299
1916 < 5 -- 251 338
1915 < 5 -- 238 346
1914 < 5 -- 184 344
1913 < 5 -- 158 321
1912 < 5 -- 102 381
1911 < 5 -- 55 380
1910 < 5 -- 59 321
1909 < 5 -- 45 348
1908 < 5 -- 31 429
1907 < 5 -- 38 359
1906 < 5 -- 28 411
1905 < 5 -- 23 463
1904 < 5 -- 29 379
1903 < 5 -- 25 393
1902 < 5 -- 27 380
1901 < 5 -- 20 422
1900 < 5 -- 27 431
1899 < 5 -- 16 481
1898 < 5 -- 14 573
1897 < 5 -- 19 439
1896 < 5 -- 13 593
1895 < 5 -- 21 426
1894 < 5 -- 11 632
1893 < 5 -- 12 572
1892 < 5 -- 17 481
1891 < 5 -- 9 636
1890 < 5 -- 12 566
1889 < 5 -- 10 629
1888 < 5 -- 6 918
1887 < 5 -- 5 926
1886 < 5 -- 5 961
1885 < 5 -- 10 604
1884 < 5 -- 9 664
1883 < 5 -- < 5 --
1882 < 5 -- 6 838
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- < 5 --

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.