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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.

More informations at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alans,
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alains.
-- 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
http://ia300016.us.archive.org/3/items/recordinterprete00martiala/recordinterprete00martiala_djvu.txt
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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Breck
-- 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

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