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Alan

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267k Allen (English)
94k Allan (English)
52k Alana (American)
9k Allene (American)
6k Alani (American)
3k Alain (French)
< 1k Alyn (American)

How popular is the baby name Alan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 6 0 6
1884 9 0 9
1885 10 0 10
1886 5 0 5
1887 5 0 5
1888 6 0 6
1889 10 0 10
1890 12 0 12
1891 9 0 9
1892 17 0 17
1893 12 0 12
1894 11 0 11
1895 21 0 21
1896 13 0 13
1897 19 0 19
1898 14 0 14
1899 16 0 16
1900 27 0 27
1901 20 0 20
1902 27 0 27
1903 25 0 25
1904 29 0 29
1905 23 0 23
1906 28 0 28
1907 38 0 38
1908 31 0 31
1909 45 0 45
1910 59 0 59
1911 55 0 55
1912 102 0 102
1913 158 0 158
1914 184 0 184
1915 238 0 238
1916 251 0 251
1917 310 0 310
1918 333 0 333
1919 330 0 330
1920 433 0 433
1921 380 5 375
1922 479 0 479
1923 588 0 588
1924 626 0 626
1925 803 0 803
1926 841 5 836
1927 815 7 808
1928 972 7 965
1929 1,108 8 1,100
1930 1,312 9 1,303
1931 1,425 5 1,420
1932 1,347 8 1,339
1933 1,350 7 1,343
1934 1,368 0 1,368
1935 1,426 0 1,426
1936 1,756 0 1,756
1937 1,844 0 1,844
1938 2,240 0 2,240 #91 boy name
1939 2,336 6 2,330 #85 boy name
1940 2,383 6 2,377 #88 boy name
1941 2,630 5 2,625 #84 boy name
1942 3,142 7 3,135 #81 boy name
1943 3,861 5 3,856 #67 boy name
1944 4,284 8 4,276 #55 boy name
1945 5,082 9 5,073 #52 boy name
1946 6,498 7 6,491 #49 boy name
1947 7,842 19 7,823 #45 boy name
1948 7,403 10 7,393 #46 boy name
1949 7,271 14 7,257 #45 boy name
1950 7,749 13 7,736 #41 boy name
1951 8,425 15 8,410 #40 boy name
1952 8,322 12 8,310 #42 boy name
1953 8,452 12 8,440 #43 boy name
1954 8,718 13 8,705 #43 boy name
1955 9,043 15 9,028 #43 boy name
1956 8,736 12 8,724 #44 boy name
1957 8,229 19 8,210 #48 boy name
1958 8,241 14 8,227 #49 boy name
1959 8,168 18 8,150 #50 boy name
1960 8,378 21 8,357 #50 boy name
1961 8,643 22 8,621 #51 boy name
1962 7,738 28 7,710 #53 boy name
1963 6,958 21 6,937 #56 boy name
1964 6,833 24 6,809 #53 boy name
1965 5,640 17 5,623 #59 boy name
1966 4,956 10 4,946 #57 boy name
1967 4,582 14 4,568 #61 boy name
1968 4,008 20 3,988 #72 boy name
1969 3,880 17 3,863 #76 boy name
1970 3,583 23 3,560 #91 boy name
1971 3,183 15 3,168 #99 boy name
1972 2,586 9 2,577
1973 2,285 15 2,270
1974 2,246 12 2,234
1975 2,264 15 2,249
1976 2,207 19 2,188
1977 2,148 14 2,134
1978 2,132 13 2,119
1979 2,337 11 2,326
1980 2,690 20 2,670
1981 2,603 9 2,594
1982 2,698 15 2,683
1983 2,782 13 2,769
1984 2,719 19 2,700
1985 2,701 19 2,682
1986 2,664 21 2,643
1987 2,610 25 2,585
1988 2,770 16 2,754
1989 2,740 15 2,725
1990 2,654 15 2,639
1991 2,558 16 2,542
1992 2,619 15 2,604
1993 2,572 11 2,561
1994 2,442 9 2,433
1995 2,300 9 2,291
1996 2,455 9 2,446
1997 2,184 7 2,177
1998 2,143 5 2,138
1999 2,255 8 2,247
2000 2,425 12 2,413
2001 2,650 7 2,643
2002 2,629 7 2,622
2003 3,113 17 3,096
2004 3,079 17 3,062
2005 3,217 13 3,204
2006 3,477 6 3,471
2007 3,255 8 3,247
2008 3,026 0 3,026
2009 2,850 7 2,843
2010 2,512 0 2,512
2011 2,348 9 2,339
2012 2,294 12 2,282
2013 2,612 9 2,603
2014 2,503 9 2,494
2015 2,478 12 2,466

Want to know about the popularity of the Alan baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 342,650 babies born with the name Alan in the United States. That's more than enough Alans to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given to 6 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Alan" was in 1955 with a total of 9,028 babies. (That's a lot of baby Alans)

According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Alan" ranks #33 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 35 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1960. Across the entire United States a total of 8,378 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Alan" mean? The list below shows the origins of Alan as well as things modernly associated with the name Alan such as celebrities named Alan.

Origin and Meaning of Alan

The name "Alan" is of English origin, and it means "Little rock". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman is an actor and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1978 to present. Alan was born in 1946 as Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman in Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom.

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Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is an actor, director, producer, and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1980 to present. Alan was born in 1965 in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson is a singer-songwriter specializing in country, bluegrass, and gospel music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1983 to present. Alan was born in 1958 as Alan Eugene Jackson.

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Alan Ritchson

Alan Ritchson is an actor, model, singer, and songwriter with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Alan was born in 1982 as Alan Michael Ritchson in Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda is an actor, author, activist, and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1958 to present. Alan was born in 1936 as Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo in New York City, New York, United States.

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Alan Tudyk

Alan Tudyk is an actor and voice artist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1997 to present. Alan was born in 1971 as Alan Wray Tudyk in El Paso, Texas, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Alan

Alan Grayson
Alan Watts
Alan Thicke
Alan Turing
Alan Dershowitz

Alternative Meanings

A is for accomplished, in all that you do.

L is for listen, one of your best traits.

A is for activities, for you have many.

N is for noble, your regal bearing.

Your name in reverse order is "Nala". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Aaln". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Alan born Mar 26, 2008

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Thailand approximately on 875. Your profession was teacher, mathematician, and geologist.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

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