Alan - boys name

Alan name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 93%

Alan name meaning:

The name Alan is of Celtic origin and carries several possible meanings. One interpretation is that it comes from the Old Breton name "Aland" or "Alant," meaning "handsome" or "harmony." Another possibility is that it is derived from the Gaelic word "ailin," which means "little rock" or "rocky." In Irish mythology, the name Alan is associated with the legendary warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill, also known as Finn McCool.

In addition to its Celtic roots, the name Alan has also been used in various other cultures. In some cases, it is considered a shortened form of the name "Alain," which originated from the Latin name "Alanus," meaning "little rock" or "precious." In Germanic languages, such as German and Dutch, the name Alan is believed to be a variant of the name "Alwin," which means "noble friend" or "elf-friend."

Overall, the name Alan carries connotations of beauty, harmony, strength, and friendship. It is a name that has been used in different cultures, reflecting its versatility and appeal.

Origin: Celtic

Handsome, cheerful.

Related names

Alan , Ailean, Ailin, Aland, Alao, Alen , Alin , Allayne, Allen , Alleyn, Alleyne, Allin, Ally , Alon, Alyn

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Overall UK ranking: 352 out of 4789

127 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

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  • Scotland (286)

Historical popularity of Alan

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