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 user-created lists like A List of Trendy Old Fashioned Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".
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.