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Two actors - Alan Cummings and Alan Rickman - have that name.
catgirl  5/18/2005
I didn't really like the name 'Alan' that much when I was younger. Now I think it's kind of cute. You can also spell it ALLan or AllEn.
Tbird  6/27/2005
The word 'old', developed from Anglian 'ald' and West Saxon 'eald', is from the Proto-Germanic 'aldas', which was originally a past participle formation from the verb stem 'al-', found in Old English 'alan' and Gothic 'alan' meaning 'grow' or 'nourish', or 'increase'.
Schadenfreude  11/25/2005
Alan Alexander Milne / A. A. Milne, was a British author, best known for his books about Winnie-the-Pooh.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Actor Alan Alda is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
Alan Autry is an actor born Carlos Alan Autry. He's known for his role as Bubba Skinner on the T.V. show "In the Heat of the Night." He also played football for the Green Bay Packers and is currently mayor of Fresno, California.
breakofday  1/7/2006
My middle name is Allyn, since both my dad and grandfather (different sides of the family) had that as their middle names, and my mom decided to give me a unique version as I am a girl. I LOVE my middle name and that I have yet to meet another girl with the name or even close to my spelling. :)
Isabeau  2/13/2006
The Alans ( Alani in latin or Alanoi in greek) were a nomadic tribe of horsemen of Iranian origin, dwelling in Ossetia in the northern Caucasia during the Classical Antiquity. There were related to the Scytes or the Sarmates. After being defeated by the Huns in the fourth century, some of them moved westward and settled in France in the Loire valley around Orleans. A part of this group, in alliance with the Vandals, a Germanic tribe, moved further west to Spain. They left their name to various cities in France like Allaines, Allainville, Alaincourt. But it is also plausible that the first name Alan, popular in Brittany, and which was used as soon as the fourth century in Armorica (ancient name for the part of Gaule including the Brittany peninsula), has also a Celtic origin.

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fbrunel  4/27/2006
Alan was originally popular in Brittany and Scotland; the most famous Breton called Alan is Alan Stivell.
kej  5/6/2006
A mistake in the website name's explaination: Alan is Scottish, English, Breton (with a different pronunciation).
kej  5/10/2006
I am a fan of Alan Stivell (the Celtic musician). Do you know the sound of Alan Stivell's music?
kej  5/19/2006
Another famous bearer is actor Alan Ladd who starred in many 'films noir' such as "The Glass Key", "The Blue Dahlia" and various others. Personally, I think Alan is a fine name and has a nice sound to it.
Milene  6/4/2006
Alan Wilder - a former member of "Depeche Mode".
iva_toneva  6/21/2006
Some things to keep in mind if you're thinking about naming your child Alan. My husband's name is Alan. Others rarely spell his name right (often they spell it Allen or Allan). We have a two syllable last name that also ends in the letter "n" so the two names sort of "run into each other." He constantly has to repeat his name. Therefore, he often introduces himself as Al instead of Alan to avoid confusion. About half the time he gets called Al. Personally, I like his name, but he really doesn't.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2006
It means handsome and trusting, honest and kind.
bellaboo  10/24/2006
One of my books says this is Celtic, possibly meaning "peace". Not sure if I trust that since it doesn't say so elsewhere.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2007
Makes for a good strong middle name for a guy.
gracielou16  3/17/2007
Alan Jackson, a country singer.
Lyric  4/2/2007
Alan is the name of my incredibly handsome fiancé and I love it! It’s simple, sophisticated, and original, all in one.
audreyhubley  5/23/2007
The presentation speaks of several Breton dukes called Alan. The first, Alan the great, was king (not duke) of the Bretons; then Brittany had the dukes Alan II, Alan III and Alan IV. No other nation to my knowledge has given power to people bearing this name.
kej  6/14/2007
Also a boys name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
My favourite Alan is great British actor Alan Bates. One of the best of his generation.
Eirene  8/5/2007
British actor Alan Davies, who knows that his name is a word for a rock. Not a pebble. Possibly a boulder.
dollrock  9/12/2007
Alan Caldwell is the birth name of Rory Storm, founder of the Liverpudlian band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, known for being the group Ringo Starr played with before becoming a Beatle.
maxwelledison  1/21/2008
A famous bearer is actor Alan Young (born November 19, 1919). He is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role on the television series 'Mister Ed,' opposite the titular talking horse character. He is also well-known for his roles on radio.
AndrewJKD  4/11/2008
The birth of the world's first test tube quintuplets is recorded in London, England. Alan, Brett, Connor, Douglas and Edward are the names chosen by parents Linda and Bruce Jacobssen.
Patricia Underwood  5/28/2008
Alan Breck, from "Kidnapped" (by Robert Louis Stevenson).
welovejamesarness  6/14/2008
The Scottish Gaelic little rock does not stand for Alan, it would have to be made into a plural to possibly give it a chance. To pronounce the name Alan in Gaelic can also have the meaning a green plain, much in the way as the word steppe, where the people known as the Alans once lived. The Breton meaning for Alan as being good looking could easily come from the Alans too, as it was said the looks of the people were striking with shoulder length blonde hair quite often, and blue or green eyes.
Andrew Allan  7/1/2008
Latin Christian names with their English equivalents: Alanus, Aleyn, Alan
Correlation to the word Alien, that means now a resident foreigner, or an outsider. So from the Roman times, a member of the Alan tribe was an Aleyn. (alt spelling?)
FeeFie  7/22/2008
I named my son in honour of Alan Wilder, the talented musician, ex-member of Depeche Mode. I'm Russian, and in country this name is met extremely seldomly (only among inhabitants of Caucasus is this name rather popular). My family and friends were surprised with my choice, it sounds exotic for Russian. In 30 years of 20th century foreign names were popular in Russia, but now it's fashionable to give traditional Russian names. In my view they often sound disharmonious.
NadinAda  8/27/2008
Alan Wilder, the musican, ex-member of Depeche Mode, Alan Parsons, the director.
NadinAda  8/27/2008
This is the name of a character in the 1987 film, Lost Boys.
It is the name of Alan Frogg.
lizard  11/9/2008
ALLAN is a personal name in Iceland, and the name ALLAN appears as as a surname as ALLANSSON (in the usual Scandinavian fashion).

ALAN may therfore derive from ALLAN and not vice versa.

ALAIN is the French form - and seems also to come from Normandy which was Viking colony (on which basis William The Conqueror, Duke of Normandy claimed the British throne by a tenuous blood claim (Wikipedia)).

My guess is that the name is Scandinavian passed into Scotland, Iceland, Normandy and Brittany with the Viking diapsora and the Danish kingdoms (Iceland was a part of Denmark).
― Anonymous User  1/11/2009
Alan Arkin, an American actor who won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Little Miss Sunshine.
emmiix3  1/24/2009
It's also a Polish name, but I don't like it, it's strange and it sounds stupid for me.
Sharp92  3/8/2009
Famous bearer: Alan Rickman.
edmacori  3/9/2009
Czech, Polish and Slovak pronunciation is "ah-LAHN".
MaggieSimpson  3/23/2009
Alan are half human half bird like creatures that originate from the Philippines. They live within the forests and spend much of their time hanging upside down from trees. This is due to that they have the fingers on their feet and their hands have toes on. They are mischievous in nature but are friendly to humans and some legends refer to them bringing up children that have lost their parents.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2009
Oh, oh, don't forget, Alan Breck Stewart! In case you haven't read "Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson:
Tarragon  8/14/2009
This is a great name, it's very handsome and masculine sounding, it's simple yet elegant, classic yet urban and best of all, it goes well at any age, it's cute for a little boy and respectable for an adult man.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2009
Alan and Alen (a far more common variant) are also common in Croatia.
goricar  1/4/2010
I have a brother in law that's named Alan. I don't really like the name, something about the sound of it kind of makes it weird for me.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2010
Alan Stewart Paton is a South African author and anti-apartheid activist known for his novel Cry, the Beloved Country.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
It is nice, but now when I hear it all I can think of is that show on BBC, Walk on the Wild Side: Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Al! Alan! Alan!
Nina.Matau  1/23/2011
Alan Gray from the Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin, he has a crush on Claudia and Kristy plus Kristy had a crush on him.
teenagewriter  3/30/2011
English comedian Alan Carr (born 14 June 1976) is a British television personality best known for his "camp" manner.
batbright  7/29/2011
If Alan really means handsome, then that makes sense! There is a REALLY handsome guy at my school named Alan. I like this name because it's manly yet elegant :)
Iva972  3/14/2012
Alan Moore, a British writer. His most known works include the comic book series 'Watchmen' and 'V for Vendetta' and the Batman one-shot 'Batman: The Killing Joke'.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2012
When I first saw this name as a child, I thought it was pronounced A-LAN and didn't realize it was another version of Allen. The spelling Allen has always seemed much more intuitive and attractive to me, though I've also grown to like Allan. The Alan spelling also makes me think of the horrid Alan Chartock, the head of NPR in Upstate New York.
Anyechka  6/7/2013
Alan reminds me of a creepy forty-something man with greasy hair and bad social skills. This is why I detest this name, plus the name itself sounds a tad off to me.
Alexanna  6/22/2014
Alan Turing was a British computer scientist.
hkols  11/22/2014
Alan is one of those boring, flat sounding kind of male names. Also, it's pretty outdated. I don't see any appeal over the name Alan. Even though many people find the name John boring and common, the classic name John sooo beats this name!
― Anonymous User  3/25/2015
I think Alan's real meaning should be "Rock".
― Anonymous User  8/7/2015
Another famous bearer of the name is the character Alan Tracy; the youngest brother in the Tracy family in the popular TV series and movie Thunderbirds.
emilydominko  10/31/2015
Growing up I hated Alan as my first name so my family called me by my middle name. There were 3 Alan's in my high school class all with the same spelling. As an adult I have very rarely come across the same "Alan" spelling. I have found people will almost always spell my name Allen unless I tell them otherwise.
― Anonymous User  11/4/2015
The origin of Alan did come from the area known as Iran, but is not Iranian. It is instead Parthian in origin or otherwise from Israelite origin. The Israelites were freed from Babylon by King Darius of Persia. They resettled in the area that became Parthia a freed nation of Israelites that eventually immigrated north towards Europe.
dajutson  11/18/2015
Alan Bruce, from the TV comedy 'Fawlty Towers'. Alan was told by Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) he was 'disgusted that he hadn't shaved'.
helloadele  11/30/2015
On the PBS show Arthur, one of the characters is named Alan Powers, although he's more commonly known by his nickname, The Brain.
Just Call Me J  12/10/2015
This is my name, but I don't like it to be honest because it always gets misspelled as either Allan or Allen so I go by my nickname Al so I will no longer have to correct people. Aside from my name being misspelled a lot I used to get teased back in grade school where people would laugh at the name for no reason.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
Alan is Welsh for a young male deer, i.e. a buck. Élan is the female version.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2016
Alan is the name of two of my relatives. I know Allan/Allen is more common but growing up with Alan is natural to me. It's strong and handsome. I think it's sweet!
LV51sfan91  2/29/2016
I like this name, it sounds incredibly strong and masculine and handsome sounding.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2016
The name Alan is smart, sexy, refined, classy and overall a really nice name :).
― Anonymous User  7/5/2016
Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev is a Russian international footballer who plays as midfielder for PFC CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League and Russian national football team.
cutenose  1/11/2017
Alan Pérez is a Spanish retired professional road bicycle racer. He competed as a professional between 2005 and 2012, for the Orbea and Euskaltel–Euskadi teams.
lilolaf  1/27/2017
Alan Hansen is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool team of the late 70s and 80s, and for Scotland. As a football pundit, Hansen is known for his outspoken views, particularly on the team's defensive performances, frequently criticising what he believed was "diabolical" or "shocking" defending. He made his name as a pundit on Match of the Day from 1992 to 2014.
lilolaf  2/4/2017
Alan Thicke, 1947 – 2016, was a Canadian actor, songwriter, game and talk show host.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2017
Alan Willis Thicke was a Canadian actor, songwriter, game and talk show host. He was best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains, which ran for seven seasons. He is the father of actor Brennan Thicke, and of singer Robin Thicke. In 2013, Thicke was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Thicke died on December 13, 2016 in the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, U.S..
cutenose  2/25/2017
Alan Muraoka is an American actor and theatre director who plays Alan, the current owner of Hooper's Store, on the television show Sesame Street. Alan Muraoka was born in Mission Hills, Los Angeles. Muraoka's first experience as a performer came at the age of ten, where he appeared as "The Candy Man" at a movie theatre during the intermission of a double feature. According to the biography on his official site, he performed throughout high school where he also had his first experience as a director - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
cutenose  2/25/2017
Alan Aguerre is an Argentine footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Vélez Sarsfield in the Argentine Primera División. Aguerre started his professional career playing for Vélez Sarsfield in a 4–1 victory over Atlético de Rafaela, for the 2013 Inicial, replacing injured Sebastián Sosa in the starting lineup. Despite the strength of Vélez' youths in every other position of the field, Aguerre was the first goalkeeper of the club's youth divisions to debut for the first team since Bernardo Leyenda in 1999. The goalkeeper was an unused substitute for Sosa in Vélez' 2012 Inicial, 2012–13 Superfinal and 2013 Supercopa Argentina winning campaigns.
cutenose  3/1/2017
Alan Olav Walker, occasionally known as DJ Walkzz, is a Norwegian music producer and DJ. He is best known for the 2015 single "Faded", which received platinum certifications in over 10 different countries. He is ranked 55th on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list of 2016.
cutenose  5/4/2017
Alan M. Arakawa is an American politician who is currently the 7th Mayor of the County of Maui in Hawaii. He previously served as the 5th Maui mayor from 2002 to 2006. Arakawa graduated from Maui High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a business major. He then entered civil service in 1984 as a wastewater plant worker for Maui County. He rose to the post of supervisor in the wastewater division of the Department of Public Works and he was both a United Public Workers Chief Steward and a Hawai'i Government Employees Association Union Representative.
lilolaf  6/29/2017
It has a tacky ring to it for some reason.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2017
Alan means field in Turkish.
Hushpuppy  2/5/2018

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