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Gender: M Meaning of Alan: "handsome, cheerful" Origin of Alan: Irish Alan's Popularity in 2013: #153

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In its three most popular spellings -- Alan along with Allen and Allan -- this midcentury favorite has become a middle-aged grandpa name, given to very few of today's babies. Al, Alen, Alin Allan, Allayne, Allen, Alley, Alleyn, Allie, Allon, Alyn, Alynn.

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Famous People Named Alan

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (English actor)
Alan Cumming (Scottish actor)
Alan Davies (English comedian)
Alan Menken (composer)
Alan Ball (American screenwriter, producer)
Alan Tudyk (American actor)
Alan Ladd (American actor)
A[lan] A[lexander] Milne (English author)
Alan Sillitoe (British novelist, short-story writer and poet)
Alan Watts (English philosopher)
Alan Tam (Cantonese pop singer)
Alan Carr, English comedian and television personality
Chad Allen - played Matthew Cooper on the TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. LGBT activist
Cody Alan Williams, son of actor/comedian Robin Williams
Mason Alan Dye, son of actors Cameron Dye and Laura San Giacomo
Alan J. Heeger, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry
Alan Ashby, guitarist of American band Of Mice And Men

Pop Culture References for the Name Alan

Alan Tracy from "Thunderbirds"
Alan Harper from "Two and a Half Men"
Alan Matthews, dad from the TV show "Boy Meets World"
Alan Shore, from TV show "Boston Legal" played by James Spader
Alan Wilson, from the TV series "24"

Alan's International Variations

Alain (French) Ailin (Irish) Alao (Portuguese) Ailean (Scottish) Alano (Spanish) Allyn, Aland, Alun (Welsh)