Alan

Alan - A very unique male name



  Mar 26,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Alan, meaning handsome, cheerful, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #328. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Alan and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Alan? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Alan. The baby boy name Alan was given to 2,244 baby boys in 2012, ranking #171 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 731 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Alan peaked in popularity 68 years ago in 1951 on position 40.



Famous with this name

Alan Tudyk
Alan Kuo
Alan Ritchson


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Alan is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Alan is currently topping the baby name charts in California at position #98 - and is the least popular in Kentucky at position #460.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Alan is where you live.


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Alan origin and meaning

Alan is a 4 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means handsome, cheerful. To see famous people named Alan, pop culture references for the name Alan and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Alan

We've found the following names that sound similar to Alan, sorted by popularity.

Allen / Allan / Alain / Allyn / Alma / Alen / Alon / Almon / Aleem / Alim /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012171
2011164
2010156
2009142
2008135
2007130
2006122
2005128
2004132
2003132
2002153
2001150
2000161
1999165
1998162
1997158
1996144
1995153
1994144
1993132
1992129
1991128
1990125
1989119
1988109
1987112
1986107
1985108
1984105
1983102
1982107
1981112
1980111
1979115
1978122
1977125
1976115
1975115
1974117
1973114
1972109
197199
197090
196976
196871
196761
196657
196559
196453
196356
196253
196151
196050
195950
195849
195748
195645
195543
195443
195343
195242
195140
195041
194945
194846
194745
194649
194552
194455
194367
194281
194184
194088
193986
193891
1937103
1936108
1935122
1934124
1933124
1932127
1931120
1930136
1929147
1928159
1927179
1926173
1925182
1924218
1923220
1922261
1921297
1920263
1919305
1918310
1917302
1916342
1915352
1914348
1913339
1912370
1911368
1910328

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
California98
Texas110
Nevada111
New Mexico137
Illinois138
Arizona142
Nebraska144
New Jersey145
New York150
Colorado152
North Carolina173
Florida184
Georgia192
Washington192
Oklahoma196
South Carolina200
Alabama208
Kansas223
Indiana230
Massachusetts231
Connecticut238
Idaho239
Tennessee239
Michigan240
Utah251
Wisconsin256
Minnesota257
Maryland262
Virginia262
Pennsylvania263
Arkansas288
Iowa314
Louisiana332
Oregon345
Mississippi370
Ohio376
Missouri377
Kentucky460

Even more about Alan


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Alan a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Alan?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1951
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Alan
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 731
Letter count 4
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +2,244

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