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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Alain, Allan, Allen, Allyn

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

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Famous real-life people named Alan

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

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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