Harlan

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Harlan

"Harlan" is a name of English origin, and it means "Dweller by the boundary wood". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Harlan

Harlan Ellison is a speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, crime fiction, mystery, horror, film, television criticism, mystery fiction, horror fiction, and criticism writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to present. Harlan was given the name Harlan Jay Ellison on May 27th, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

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Harlan A Coben is a mystery fiction and thriller (genre) author. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Harlan was born on January 4th, 1962 in United States.

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Harlan Stone was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and 52nd United States Attorney General. His most notable accomplishments were from 1941 to 1946. Harlan was born on October 11th, 1872. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1946.

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Harlan Howard was a country music songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to 1997. Harlan was given the name Harlan Perry Howard on September 8th, 1927 in Detroit. He breathed his last breath on March 3rd, 2002.

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Harlan was born on August 10th, 1913. He left this life on November 19th, 1991.

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Harlan Rogers Crow is a real estate development and real estate developer. Harlan was born Harlan Rogers Crow as the child of Trammell Crow in 1949 in Dallas, Texas, US.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Harlan

John Marshall Harlan was an Attorney General of Kentucky and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. John was born on June 1st, 1833 in Boyle County, Kentucky, U.S. He died on October 14th, 1911.

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Christiane was given the name Christiane Susanne Harlan on May 10th, 1932 in Braunschweig.

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Mary was born on September 25th, 1846 in Iowa City, Iowa. Mary is also known as Mary Harlan Lincoln. They died on March 31st, 1937.

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Veit was born on September 22nd, 1899 in Berlin. He passed away on April 13th, 1964.

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Otis Harlan was an actor. He was most prominent from 1906 to 1938. Otis was born on December 29th, 1865 in Zanesville, Ohio, U.S. He passed away on January 21st, 1940.

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Patrick Harlan is a comedian, tv personality, and voice actor. He has been prominent since 1996. Patrick was born on November 14th, 1970 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1881 13 0 13
1882 8 0 8
1883 5 0 5
1884 14 0 14
1885 10 0 10
1886 12 0 12
1887 8 0 8
1888 14 0 14
1889 14 0 14
1890 13 0 13
1891 8 0 8
1892 12 0 12
1893 10 0 10
1894 17 0 17
1895 12 0 12
1896 12 0 12
1897 21 0 21
1898 11 0 11
1899 21 0 21
1900 19 0 19
1901 20 0 20
1902 24 0 24
1903 16 0 16
1904 31 0 31
1905 25 0 25
1906 24 0 24
1907 35 0 35
1908 31 0 31
1909 33 0 33
1910 41 0 41
1911 63 0 63
1912 101 0 101
1913 140 0 140
1914 211 0 211
1915 266 0 266
1916 294 0 294
1917 268 0 268
1918 321 0 321
1919 307 0 307
1920 331 0 331
1921 415 0 415
1922 387 0 387
1923 432 0 432
1924 518 0 518
1925 477 7 470
1926 407 0 407
1927 427 0 427
1928 435 0 435
1929 356 0 356
1930 425 0 425
1931 424 0 424
1932 436 0 436
1933 365 0 365
1934 393 0 393
1935 388 0 388
1936 400 0 400
1937 332 0 332
1938 379 0 379
1939 349 0 349
1940 301 0 301
1941 352 0 352
1942 356 0 356
1943 352 0 352
1944 281 0 281
1945 322 0 322
1946 335 0 335
1947 335 0 335
1948 319 0 319
1949 315 0 315
1950 273 0 273
1951 301 0 301
1952 317 0 317
1953 273 0 273
1954 273 0 273
1955 298 0 298
1956 253 0 253
1957 267 0 267
1958 243 0 243
1959 218 0 218
1960 234 0 234
1961 228 0 228
1962 236 0 236
1963 204 0 204
1964 195 0 195
1965 167 0 167
1966 146 0 146
1967 152 0 152
1968 141 0 141
1969 121 0 121
1970 139 0 139
1971 110 0 110
1972 115 0 115
1973 93 0 93
1974 72 0 72
1975 94 0 94
1976 94 0 94
1977 82 0 82
1978 77 0 77
1979 89 0 89
1980 85 0 85
1981 95 0 95
1982 92 0 92
1983 68 0 68
1984 64 0 64
1985 72 0 72
1986 65 0 65
1987 68 0 68
1988 67 0 67
1989 57 0 57
1990 89 0 89
1991 75 0 75
1992 65 0 65
1993 63 0 63
1994 76 0 76
1995 77 0 77
1996 51 0 51
1997 53 0 53
1998 75 0 75
1999 59 0 59
2000 82 0 82
2001 63 0 63
2002 66 0 66
2003 68 0 68
2004 58 0 58
2005 74 5 69
2006 88 0 88
2007 89 0 89
2008 134 9 125
2009 148 7 141
2010 174 17 157
2011 174 15 159
2012 194 16 178
2013 271 20 251
2014 245 21 224
2015 306 33 273
2016 298 27 271

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Popularity of Harlan as a first name

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Popularity of Harlan as a last name

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Common last names for Harlan

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • Nelson
  • Thompson
  • Hall
  • White
  • Peterson
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Hill

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Harlan U.S.
  White 83.72% 64.26%
  African American 8.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.93% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.09% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Harlan

People with the last name Harlan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Harlan

  • How Popular is the name Harlan? Harlan is the 1,545th most popular name of all time. As a last name Harlan was the 3,188th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Harlan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 23,310 babies born with the first name Harlan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Harlan to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Harlan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Harlan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Harlan is Sunday, April 3rd, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Harlan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Harlan was in 1924 with a total of 518 babies.
  • Random Harlan Factoid: According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harlan ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 13 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1941.
  • Weird things about the name Harlan: Your name in reverse order is Nalrah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hlaran. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Harlan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,339 people with the last name Harlan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Harlan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Harlan as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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