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Gender: Male Meaning of Allen: "handsome" Origin of Allen: Celtic Allen's Popularity in 2018: #421

The name Allen is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning "handsome". Allen is ranked #421 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change two letters (5 names)".

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Allen is the spelling most associated with the surname; it might also be the most appropriate if you're trying to steer clear of Al as a nickname, as this can easily offer you Len or Lenny as options.

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thenamer007 Says:


A middle name in my dad's family. This was one of the first spellings of this name, and it's also a common last name. The description is a bit confusing.

lesliemarion Says:


Allen is a cool name, but I am not sure why it is being run through nameberry apparently hundreds of times a day. Sometimes the ticker tape is almost all Allen!

Michaela Says:


I just really really like this name.

headintheclouds Says:


I disagree with Nameberry's comment on Allen. I think Alan does sound rather dated, though it's a great name with a wonderful meaning and a nice sound to it. But Allen sounds and looks fresher to me (I'd pronounce Allen with more emphasis on -len, VS. more A- emphasis on Alan).
It has more of a chill, laid-back, bluesy, vintage sort of vibe- and a better candidate for revival (just take a look at names like Arthur and Hazel!). Al and Len are nice nicknames, or just full Allen.