The name Harlan is a boy's name of German origin meaning "rocky land". Harlan is ranked #785 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Country Rustic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".
From the experts:
Pleasant but uninspired surname name somewhat connected to writers Ellison and Coben. After three decades off the US Top 1000, it reentered in 2013, maybe because it's an unusual example of the trendy class of two-syllable n-ending boys’ names. Kevin Harlan is an NFL, NBA, and college basketball announcer for TV and radio.