Alan is a ♂ boy’s name.
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.
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”.
The name Alan is ranked #2457 overall.
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