Spelling variation of Alan
"handsome, cheerful"

Allan Origin and Meaning

The name Allan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "handsome, cheerful".

This extra-L variation of Alan isn't quite as popular in the US as the original. Both spellings remain popular in Ireland and England.

# 808 in the US

Allan Rank in US Top 1000

Allan Popularity

Famous People Named Allan

  • Allan Franklin ArbusAmerican actor and photographer, and the husband of photographer Diane Arbus
  • Allan McLeod CormackSouth African physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Allan Leslie WaltersAustralian Air Force commander
  • Joseph Aloysius "Allan" DwanCandian,American film director
  • Allan Joseph LambEnglish cricketer
  • Allan Michael RockCanadian politician and U.N. ambassador
  • Allan Robert BellChief Minister of the Isle of Man
  • Edgar Allan PoeAmerican poet and novelist

Allan in Pop Culture

  • Allan Armadalemain character in Wilkie Collins's 1866 mystery novel "Armadale"
  • Allan Quatermainmain character in H. Rider Haggard's adventure novel series