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Origin & Meaning

The name Alan is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Alan is "rock, handsome".  

It is also of English and Scottish origin, where its meaning is "handsome".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 170 in baby name popularity for boys with 2490 occurrences.  It ranked 10901 in popular baby names for girls with 9 occurrences. 

View the Alan Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Alan has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Alan to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Alan include Alann, Alen, Allan, Allen, Allin, Allyn.

The names Ailean, Ailin, Alagan, Alain, Alano, Alun are all forms of Alan.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Alan Arkin, Alan Shepard, Alan Alda.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Alan in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Alan.

Just for fun, see the name Alan in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Alan in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.