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Gender: Male Meaning of Allen: "handsome" Origin of Allen: Celtic Allen's Popularity in 2017: #401

The name Allen is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning "handsome". Allen is ranked #401 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Midcentury Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rank and Reorder the Previous Signature".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Allen

Allen Ezail Iverson, American basketball player
Allen Bernard West, US Congressman from Florida
Alan "Allen" Leech, Irish actor
(Irwin) Allen Ginsberg, American Beat poet and activist
Allen Bernard Robinson II, American NFL player
Allen Daniel Candler, American politician; 56th Governor of Georgia
Allen Joseph Ellender, US Senator from Louisiana
Allen Miller Fletcher, American politician; 54th Governor of Vermont
Allen Ingvar Olson, American politician; 28th Governor North Dakota
Allen Welsh Dulles, American director of the CIA
Allen Granberry Thurman, US Senator from Ohio
Allen Neal Jones aka AJ Styles, American pro wrestler
(Larkin) Allen Collins, Jr., American guitarist of band Lynyrd Skynyrd
Allen Glover Lanier, American musician of band Blue Oyster Cult
(Douglas) Allen Woody, American guitarist of The Allman Bros. Band
Allen Stone, American R&B singer
Allen Stephen Covert, American actor and comedian
Allen Payne, American actor
Allen Ludden (born Allen Packard Ellsworth), American TV host
Allen Stuart Drury, American novelist
Hoodie Allen, American rapper
Allen Ezail Iverson II aka Deuce, son of basketball player Allen Iverson

Pop Culture References for the name Allen

Allen, the Servant of Evil in the Evillious Chronicles
Allen, character in The Walking Dead comic book series and television series
Allen the Alien, character in Image Comics
Allen Walker, character in the D.Gray-man manga and anime series


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.