Meaning: Handsome; harmonious; rock
Alternate spellings: Allan, Allen, Alann, Alen, Alin, Allin
Alan is a Celtic name from antiquity and has a variety of meanings, including “handsome,” “harmonious,” and “rock – a nice range of associations to choose from. In recent U.S. history, Alan was at its prime between the late 1930s and early 1970s, when it ranked in the top 100. The Allen spelling was more popular in the 1800s, but Alan eventually took over and is still more popular today.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008