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Origin: Old English
Meaning: From the Army Territory

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Harlan

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

A few facts about the boy's name Harlan:

  • Records indicate that 19,607 boys in the United States have been named Harlan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1924, when 519 people in the U.S. were given the name Harlan. Those people are now 96 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.


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      10 Positive Comments

  • "I named my daughter Harlan in April 2019. The night before we found out her gender I choose this name. We wanted a name that was race, gender neutral. This is why I didn't spell it with a more traditional feminine spelling. Everyone loves the name and she's beautiful." Feb. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "When we found out we were having a boy, I wasn't sure what to name him bc I thought he was going to be a girl. We picked the name Harley for our girl, and I eventually wanted to stick with that name, but I wanted something more masculine. I would in the Health field and one of my residents wife told me her dad's name was Harlan. I instantly fell in love with this older unique name. I love it because not many people have it, and I love "older" names. He can also keep hos nickname Harley, which we also love!!" Aug. 18, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Harlan and I absolutely love it we picked it from the credits off the shining which could be seen as worrying and some people think I say carling as in the larger drink but 8 months on I still love it my little prince Harlan" Nov. 8, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a trans guy and I think I'm picking this as my name. My birth name is Hannah and I wanted to keep some of the same letters, and to be honest I love that this is way less common than my birth name :)" Oct. 18, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Frequently people add to the end of the name (Harland)" Jun. 24, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Harlan in 2005. I chose this name because it's unique. Personally, I love this name and I wanted him to have a unique name that's not in every classroom. It's a Strong & Blod name and if he wishes to become "Harley" when he get older, then that's just fine with me. :)" May. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of my good friend's name is Harlan, he's a great guy, and insanely smart." Nov. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my little boy Harlan, who was born in April 2009. I love it and everyone who I introduce him too loves it. Unique and strong sounding. Has the air of being able to achieve whatever he puts his mind to." May. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like the name it means "hare land" was thinking of calling my rabbit Harlan thought it was really fitting" Feb. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A cool name. There's a town in the Appalachians with this name, and a country song about "goin' back to Harlan." It has a nostalgic, 1920s feel. Unusual but not strange. A strong, manly, rootsy name." Jan. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      2 Neutral Comments

  • "It's my name. I like having a somewhat uncommon name, but I hate having to constantly tell it to people numerous times when introducing myself, and always having to correct spellings." Nov. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Father's name was Harlan. He passed in 2011. My son will be born Dec. 2012. I will name him Harlan. It's a good, masculine, unique name. I love it." Aug. 28, 2012: Report as inappropriate

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