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Gender: Male Meaning of Harlan: "rocky land" Origin of Harlan: German and English Harlan's Popularity in 2018: #746

Harlan Origin and Meaning

The name Harlan is a boy's name of German origin meaning "rocky land".

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.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #746

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Famous People Named Harlan

Pop Culture References for the name Harlan

Harlenn, Harland, Harlynn, Harlyn, Harlon, Harlen, Harlin

Comments

Harlanbritish Says:

2019-06-18T19:57:59

My name is Harlan I’m from England and i was born in 1991 so if anything it was my dad doing the raping...now stop blaming me

Harlanbritish Says:

2019-06-18T19:56:52

Harlan is a great name I’m not sure why so many people struggle to say it, when I start working somewhere new I have to tell everyone to call me H just to stop people calling Harlon, Harlen and harland

Katie Hartsock Says:

2018-04-02T00:02:50

Yes, exactly!

Katie Hartsock Says:

2018-04-02T00:02:06

We named our son this and it's just perfect for him. It was my grandfather's middle name, we get so many compliments on it. No need for a nickname, really. But I've considered Harry or Hank, if we feel a nickname need :)

DaniDani Says:

2018-01-15T02:43:58

I like the German meanings of the name which are "From the land of strength, and "strong/strength". Nameberry should include them.

Danielle Says:

2017-08-26T15:44:18

You can say this about any name. Jack the Ripper, anyone? Jack is extremely popular, I don't think anyone who has named their child Jack did so because of him.

chelseyrs1991 Says:

2017-03-08T22:32:27

Nobody associates this name with this movie or character. My son is named Harlan and we have never received comments linked to this whatsoever. Honestly, nobody has linked his name to anything.

Wittyusername103 Says:

2016-11-12T03:34:37

This is the name of an (attempted) rapist in Thelma and Louise. Do not do name your kid this. Seeing as the movie came out in 1991 I'm disgusted it's gotten this far.

Amtucker10 Says:

2015-07-31T14:20:15

I love the name Harlan! I would think his nickname would be Harley. Is that getting to popular as a girls name? I don't like unisex names!

JessicaRK467 Says:

2015-06-19T03:16:37

This name sounds so redneck to me...I think I probably just associate it with Justified too much though