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Origin: Celtic
Meaning: Handsome One

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Alan

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Alan in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Alan:

  • Records indicate that 333,553 boys in the United States have been named Alan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1955, when 9,029 people in the U.S. were given the name Alan. Those people are now 65 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Alan

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      6 Positive Comments

  • "my brothers middle name is Alan and it fits him..i love this name!" Mar. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm another Alan but i live in scotland where it is quite a common name. people are forever spelling it wrong with 2 L's it really gets on my nerves having to tell people who write it down that they spelled it wrong. when spelled with 2 L's it is a surname. (usually Allen) The name itself doesn't bother me or make me happy... it's just my name :)" Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well I did meet up with a 'Allen' once. Felt really weird when we called each another. I admit that I didnt do much justice to the meaning of 'Alan' the handsome one. However, I do prefer another meaning of 'Alan', which is little rock. Steadfast and Stubborn(oops...I meant persistent)" Nov. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bfs name is alan and thats what we are going to name the baby" Sep. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "No one ever pronounces my name wrong, but more often than not it is spelled incorrectly, usually Allen. I have never met an "Alan" who spells it with an "a" and two "l's". "Alan" is a good name because it's simple, direct and not very common it seems. Stats tell us otherwise, but I rarely meet another "Alan." In the small town I live in there is someone not even remotely related to me who has the same first, middle, and last name as I have. We've never met, but we occassionally get each other's mail. As an aside, it's interesting that a word search on this site for "Alan" also comes up with "Alma" as a man's name. Oddly enough, my mother's name is "Alma," and I can assure you she's not a male." Mar. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Carried this name for 52 years. Glad my parents named me this. Common enough not to be weird yet not common common!" Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "is the best name ever. im handsome girls love the name." Apr. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is Alandon. I never have seen anyone with that name before. If anyone knows anyone with that name, i would love to know." Oct. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "In ireland the name Alan is a first name meaning handsome, and Allen is a surname. It is a celtic name" Jun. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My older brother's name. He always complains because people spell it "ALLAN" with two "L". He frequently have to have his name double checked with every paper or company he applies for and signs." May. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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