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Alan Meaning


What does Alan mean?

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".

Alan is generally used as a boy's name.

It consists of 4 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced A-lan.

The Given Name Alan

Alan appeals to parents who seek a name with genuine depth.

Popular yet delightful, the name is a great blend of character and flair.

Alternate names include Alann, Alen, Allan, Allen, Allin, Allyn.

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

Alan Popularity

In the U.S. in 2016, it ranked 154 in baby name popularity for boys with 2,626 occurrences. It ranked 16,244 in baby name popularity for girls with 5 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 167 in baby name popularity for boys with 2,478 occurrences. It ranked 8,444 in baby name popularity for girls with 13 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.

Alan 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.

Famous Alans

  • Alan Alda ~ Actor
  • Alan Arkin ~ Actor
  • Alan Carr ~ Actor
  • Alan Cumming ~ Actor
  • Alan Dale ~ Actor
  • Alan J. Heeger ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2000
  • Alan Jones ~ Driver
  • Alan Kardec ~ Soccer Player
  • Alan Lloyd Hodgkin ~ Nobel Prize for Medicine 1963
  • Alan MacDiarmid ~ Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2000
  • Alan Menken ~ Musician
  • Alan Page ~ Football Player
  • Alan Pulido ~ Soccer Player
  • Alan Rickman ~ Actor
  • Alan Ruck ~ Actor
  • Alan Shepard ~ Astronaut
  • Alan Silvestri ~ Musician
  • Alan Thicke ~ Actor
  • Alan Tudyk ~ Actor
  • Alan Young ~ Actor

Alan Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Alan.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Alan 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.