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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
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
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
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
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
I think Alan's real meaning should be "Rock".
― Anonymous User  8/7/2015
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 is Welsh for a young male deer, i.e. a buck. Élan is the female version.
― Anonymous User  1/1/2016
Alan means field in Turkish.
Hushpuppy  2/5/2018

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