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Meaning of Alan

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The name Alan has the following meaning:

Alan encompasses a variety of meanings; cheerful, handsome, rock and/or noble. Once popular, the name is today viewed to be rather ordinary.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Alan is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 137 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Alan fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 7 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 142 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Alan in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Alan is pronounced as al-en


Alan originates from the Gaelic language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Alan and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Alan: Boys - Craig, Darrah, Girls - Arline, Aylin, Colleen, Deirdre, Elvie, Ena, Fidelma, Lular, Mckayla, Merna, Nealie, Both genders - Casey, Quinn


Popular Variants for the name Alan: Ailean, Ailin (Irish), Al, Alain, Alair, Aland, Alano (Italian), Alao (Portugese), Allaen, Allan (Scottish), Allayne, Allen (Scottish), Alley, Allon, Allyn (English), Alon, Alun (Welsh), Alynn


Common nicknames for the name Alan are: Al


We think the name Alan should fall under the following style category: Ending with N.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Alan to be: A friendly, helpful and kind chap

In one word, you might describe Alan as a(n) "helpful" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Alan (or its variants) are:

Alan Fred Titchmarsh, born on 2 May, a famous broadcaster. Alan Fred Titchmarsh's background: An English broadcaster, particularly famous in the field of gardening programmes on UK television, although Titchmarsh has also had lengthy stints presenting daytime and religious programming on BBC TV and BBC Radio 2.

Alan Robson, born on 17 April, a famous radio presenter. Alan Robson's background: A British radio presenter who presents the late night phone in show, NightOwls on Metro Radio, a local commercial station in the North East of England owned by Bauer Radio. He has written many books and starred in many TV shows. He champions many up and coming bands and is frequently cited as one of the country's most influential men in music. He is well known for his paranormal investigations and as from November 2000, Alan has become a qualified exorcist, the latter fact not known to many. His exorcism success rate is a well kept secret.

Alan John Villiers, born on 23 September, a famous author. Alan John Villiers's background: An author, adventurer, photographer and Master Mariner. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he first went to sea at 15 and sailed all the world's oceans on board traditionally rigged vessels including the fully rigged ship Joseph Conrad. He was the author of 25 books and former Chairman of the Society for Nautical Research, a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, and Governor of the Cutty Sark Preservation Society. He was awarded the British Distinguished Service Cross as a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve during World War II.
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