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Alan

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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

Fun Facts about the name Alan

  • How many people with the first name Alan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 342,650 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 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alan ranks 38th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 143 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1959.
  • 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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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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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.

English

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.

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

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

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 With the Name Alan

    Alan Turing

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    • Alan Moore
      (comics writer)
    • Alan Cumming
      (actor)
    • Alan Thicke
      (actor)
    • Alan Shearer
      (soccer player)
    • Alan Greenspan
      (13th Chairman of the Federal Reserve)
    • Alan Arkin
      (actor)
    • The Lord Sugar
      (Member of the House of Lords)
    • Alan Ruck
      (actor)
    • Alan Menken
      (musician)
    • Alan Jackson
      (musician)
    • Alan Ritchson
      (actor)
    • Alan Bennett
      (actor)
    • A. A. Milne
      (writer)
    • Alan Parsons
      (audio engineer)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Alan

    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

    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

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

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    Buddy Alan

    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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    Steven Alan

    Steven Alan is a notable individual.

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    Alan Alan

    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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    What does the name Alan mean?

    Ais for action, something to take now

    Lis for look, the way you look at life.

    Ais for athleticism, embrace the competitor within

    Nis for nurturing, to all that need help

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