Name Alan Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Alan


Alan is a ♂ boy’s name.

What is the origin of the name Alan?

The name Alan has been brought to England by people from Brittany, in the 11th century, and was then spread into Scotland and Ireland. An Irish form of the name is e.g. Ailín. It may be derived from the tribal name of the Alans, an Iranian people who migrated into Europe in the 4th and 5th centuries.

What does the name Alan mean?

Alan means “rock” (from Irish “ail”) or “little rock” (from Irish “ailín”), but as well “handsome” or “beautiful” (from Irish “álainn” or Scottish Gaelic “àlainn”). Alan could as well be derived from Celtic “alun” meaning “concord” or “harmony”. Besides, Alan has the meaning “from the Alans people”.

Pronunciation of Alan

Variants of the name Alan

Allan Allen

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Popularity of the name Alan

The name Alan is ranked #2336 overall.

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