Alan Name Meaning & Origin

Alan

Pronunciation: AL-in (key)

Origin of the name Alan:

A Celtic name of uncertain etymology. Alan was brought to England by the Normans during the Conquest. The name was borne by Alan, earl of Brittany, a follower of William the Conqueror.

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One likely reason that Alan (not a traditional Spanish name) is still popular in the "Spanish Southwest" while not in the rest of the country, is because older relatives with limited English can easily pronounce it in Spanish. Edgar and Ivan also fall into this category.

Alan, Lana and Nala are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

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I was reluctant to use the name Alan with my son because I despise the nickname "Al". We decided to use the name Alan with our second son despite the nickname and ALWAYS insist on Alan. He's in his 20s now and really suits his name. He loves his name and always insists on Alan as well. He will never go by Al and oddly enough not too many people have tried to call him Al. My parents had a much more difficult time with people calling my brother Daniel "Dan".

Nicknames for Alan: | Edit

Al, Alli, Allie, Ally, Lannie, Big A, Ally Wally, Cuddly Wuddly

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Famous real-life people named Alan: | Edit

Alan Alda, actor
Alan Arkin, actor
Alan Turing, English mathematician and computer scientist. Was instrumental in codebreaking during WWII but afterward was institutionalized and harassed by the UK government for his homosexuality, eventually committing suicide
Alan Moore, graphic novelist, author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta
Alan Sillitoe, British novelist of "Angry Young Men" era
Alan Hale, Sr., actor, frequent side-kick to Errol Flynn, played Little John to Flynn's Robin Hood
Alan Hale, Jr., actor, best known as Skipper on Gilligan's Island
Alan Ashby, guitarist for the band Of Mice & Men

Alan in song, story & screen: | Edit

Alan Quartermain, lead character in adventure novels by H. Rider Haggard (King Solomon's Mines)
Alan-a-Dale, minstrel in Robin Hood legends

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