Alan

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Alan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Alan

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun A*lan"
A wolfhound.

Etymology: OF. alan alant; cf. Sp. alano

Wiktionary

Celtic name borne by early Breton saints, of disputed origin and meaning; brought to England by Normans. As an early Irish name, perhaps connected with ail, ‘noble’. It may have been the name of a Celtic deity, the brother of Bran, Welsh Alawn, Celtic Alun, ‘harmony’. Compare French Alain.

  1. A male given name

From Latin Alānī, from Ancient Greek Ἀλανοί (Alanoí).

  1. (historical) A member of a group of Sarmatian tribes, nomadic pastoralists of the 1st millennium AD who spoke an Eastern Iranian language derived from Scytho-Sarmatian and which in turn evolved into modern Ossetian.

    Alan was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Portuguese, Slovak, and Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Alan

    Alan Turing was a scientist in the fields of mathematics, cryptanalysis, logic, and computer science. Alan was given the name Alan Mathison Turing on June 23rd, 1912 in Maida Vale, London, England. He passed away on June 7th, 1954.

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    Alan Rickman was an actor and director. He was most prominent from 1978 to 2016. Alan was given the name Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman on February 21st, 1946 in Acton, London, England, UK. He left this life on January 14th, 2016.

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    Alan Alda is an actor, author, activist, director, and screenwriter. He has been prominent since 1958. Alan was given the name Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo by his parent Robert Alda on January 28th, 1936 in New York City, United States. Alan is also known as D'Abruzzo and Alfonso Joseph.

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    Alan Tudyk is an actor and voice artist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Alan was given the name Alan Wray Tudyk on March 16th, 1971 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. Alan is also known as Wray Nerely.

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    Alan Watts was a philosopher. Alan was born on January 6th, 1915 in Chislehurst, Kent, England. He breathed his last breath on November 16th, 1973.

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    Alan Ruschel is a soccer player for the Clube Atlético Paranaense, Sport Club Internacional, Esporte Clube Juventude, Esporte Clube Pelotas, Luverdense Esporte Clube, and Associação Chapecoense de Futebol. Alan was born on August 23rd, 1989 in Taquara, Brazil.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Alan

    Alan is a soccer player for the Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C., Londrina Esporte Clube, Fluminense FC, and FC Red Bull Salzburg. Alan was born on July 10th, 1989 in José Bonifácio, Brazil.

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    Lori Alan is an actor, comedian, voice acting, actress, and voice actress. She was most prominent from 1990 to present. Lori was born in Potomac, Maryland.

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    Jordan Alan is a director. He was most active from 1987 to present.

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    Buddy Alan is a country music singing. He plays Vocals. His career lasted from 1968 to 1978. Buddy was given the name Alan Edgar Owens on May 22nd, 1948 in Mesa, Arizona, United States. Buddy is also known as Owens and Alvis Alan (birth name).

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    Alan Alan was an escapologist, magician, escapology, and escapologistand magician. Alan was given the name Alan Rabinowitz in 1926 in London, England. He left this life on July 4th, 2014.

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    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 971 7 964
    1929 1,109 8 1,101
    1930 1,312 9 1,303
    1931 1,426 5 1,421
    1932 1,347 8 1,339
    1933 1,352 7 1,345
    1934 1,367 0 1,367
    1935 1,426 0 1,426
    1936 1,755 0 1,755
    1937 1,844 0 1,844
    1938 2,241 0 2,241 #91 boy name
    1939 2,336 6 2,330 #85 boy name
    1940 2,382 6 2,376 #88 boy name
    1941 2,629 5 2,624 #84 boy name
    1942 3,143 7 3,136 #81 boy name
    1943 3,860 5 3,855 #67 boy name
    1944 4,285 8 4,277 #55 boy name
    1945 5,081 9 5,072 #52 boy name
    1946 6,497 7 6,490 #49 boy name
    1947 7,842 19 7,823 #45 boy name
    1948 7,404 10 7,394 #46 boy name
    1949 7,270 14 7,256 #45 boy name
    1950 7,751 13 7,738 #41 boy name
    1951 8,428 15 8,413 #40 boy name
    1952 8,318 12 8,306 #42 boy name
    1953 8,456 12 8,444 #43 boy name
    1954 8,723 13 8,710 #43 boy name
    1955 9,043 15 9,028 #43 boy name
    1956 8,734 12 8,722 #44 boy name
    1957 8,227 19 8,208 #48 boy name
    1958 8,241 14 8,227 #49 boy name
    1959 8,166 18 8,148 #50 boy name
    1960 8,378 21 8,357 #50 boy name
    1961 8,639 22 8,617 #51 boy name
    1962 7,740 28 7,712 #53 boy name
    1963 6,956 21 6,935 #56 boy name
    1964 6,834 24 6,810 #53 boy name
    1965 5,635 17 5,618 #59 boy name
    1966 4,954 10 4,944 #57 boy name
    1967 4,581 14 4,567 #61 boy name
    1968 4,003 20 3,983 #72 boy name
    1969 3,877 17 3,860 #76 boy name
    1970 3,583 23 3,560 #91 boy name
    1971 3,183 15 3,168 #99 boy name
    1972 2,585 9 2,576
    1973 2,287 15 2,272
    1974 2,246 12 2,234
    1975 2,262 15 2,247
    1976 2,207 19 2,188
    1977 2,148 14 2,134
    1978 2,132 13 2,119
    1979 2,336 11 2,325
    1980 2,692 20 2,672
    1981 2,603 9 2,594
    1982 2,699 15 2,684
    1983 2,782 13 2,769
    1984 2,720 19 2,701
    1985 2,701 19 2,682
    1986 2,664 21 2,643
    1987 2,611 25 2,586
    1988 2,771 16 2,755
    1989 2,741 15 2,726
    1990 2,655 15 2,640
    1991 2,559 16 2,543
    1992 2,621 15 2,606
    1993 2,572 11 2,561
    1994 2,442 9 2,433
    1995 2,302 9 2,293
    1996 2,455 9 2,446
    1997 2,184 7 2,177
    1998 2,143 5 2,138
    1999 2,256 8 2,248
    2000 2,426 12 2,414
    2001 2,650 7 2,643
    2002 2,630 7 2,623
    2003 3,114 17 3,097
    2004 3,079 17 3,062
    2005 3,217 13 3,204
    2006 3,479 6 3,473
    2007 3,257 8 3,249
    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 2,295 12 2,283
    2013 2,613 9 2,604
    2014 2,506 9 2,497
    2015 2,495 13 2,482
    2016 2,634 5 2,629
    2017 2,441 5 2,436

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    Popularity of Alan as a first name

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    Popularity of Alan as a last name

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    Common last names for Alan

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Anderson
    • Williams
    • Davis
    • Wilson
    • Taylor
    • Campbell
    • Moore
    • Thompson
    • Clark
    • White
    • Thomas
    • Young
    • Peterson
    • Cohen

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Alan U.S.
      White 64.16% 64.26%
      African American 15.67% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.10% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.49% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.53% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 10.05% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Alan

    People with the last name Alan are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Alan

    • What name lists does Alan rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Alan? Alan is the 198th most popular name of all time. As a last name Alan was the 19,114th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Alan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 347,750 babies born with the first name Alan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alan to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Alan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alan is Sunday, October 13th, 1867.
    • What year had the most people named Alan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alan was in 1955 with a total of 9,028 babies. That's a lot of babies named Alan!
    • Random Alan Factoid: According to the 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alan ranks 90th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 76 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1970.
    • Weird things about the name Alan: Your name in reverse order is Nala. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lnaa. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Alan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,423 people with the last name Alan.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Alan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Alan as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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