Alan

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Usage

Sweden Swedish
Denmark Danish
Norway Norwegian
Finland Finnish
Iceland Icelandic
Greenland Greenlandic

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Origin and Meaning

A Celtic name of uncertain meaning [1] [2] [3]

Theories include:

1) Breton alan = 'little rock' [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

2) Irish (?!) alan = 'handsome', 'peaceful' (less certain)

3) Celtic alan [6] / alun [9] = 'harmony' (less certain) [6] [9]

4) From the name of the Iranian nomadic pastoral people Alans (Alani) [10] [8]

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See also Ali

For female forms see Alana, Alanda

Patronyms [What's That?]

Male

Alansson Iceland

Female

Alansdóttir Iceland

Grammar

Denmark - Danish
Nominative: Alan
Genitive: Alans
Finland - Finnish
Nominative: Alan
Genitive: Alanin
Partitive: Alania
Iceland - Icelandic
Nominative: Alan
Accusative: Alan
Dative: Alani
Genitive: Alans
Norway - Norwegian
Nominative: Alan
Genitive: Alans
Sweden - Swedish
Nominative: Alan
Genitive: Alans

Further Information

Pronunciation

Earliest Documented Usage

Statistics

Name Count per Country (What's this?)

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Country
Commonness
Commonness
Total Female ♀ Male ♂
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
as
main
name#
also
middle
name&
Sweden Sweden[14]
1571 2253 17 39 1554 2214
Denmark Denmark[15]
1079
n.a.
0
n.a.
1079
n.a.
Finland Finland[16]
n.a.
934 0 0
n.a.
934
Iceland Iceland[17]
57 77
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Greenland Greenland[18]
4 9
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Norway Norway[19]
n.a.
n.a.
7
n.a.
804
n.a.
  #: count of main first name only
  &: count of both main and additional first names
Name counts are approximate as statistics normally is not published
for names given to less than 3 or 5 persons per country.

 

Recent Statistics Trend

Name statistics for Alan (m) Sources: [14][15][19][16]

Norwegian Historic Statistics Trend

Norwegian historic statistics for Alan (m)


References

  1. Kristoffer Kruken og Ola Stemshaug: Norsk Personnamnleksikon (1995)
  2. Judy Sierra: Celtic Baby Names (1997)
  3. Kustaa Vilkuna: Etunimet (1990)
  4. Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: Oxford Dictionary of First Names (2003)
  5. Wilfried Seibicke: Historisches Deutsches Vornamenbuch (Band 1-4)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Eva Villarsen Meldgaard: Den store navnebog (2004)
  7. Eva Brylla: Förnamn i Sverige (2004)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Guðrún Kvaran: Nöfn Íslendinga (2011)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rikard Hornby: Danske navne - Træk af navngivningens historie (1951)
  10. Inger Lautin (Red.): Hva skal barnet hete? (1993)
  11. Per Hedelin: Norstedts svenska uttalslexikon (1997)
  12. Grønlands Statistik, Statistics office of Greenland, census of 2011, http://www.stat.gl/
  13. Mannanafnaskrá at island.is, http://www.island.is
  14. 14.0 14.1 Statistiska Centralbyrån, National statistics office of Sweden, http://www.scb.se/
  15. 15.0 15.1 Danmarks Statistik, National statistics office of Denmark, http://www.dst.dk
  16. 16.0 16.1 Väestörekisterikeskus, National Population Register Centre of Finland, http://www.vrk.fi
  17. Hagstofa Íslands, National statistics office of Iceland, http://www.hagstofan.is/
  18. Grønlands Statistik, Statistics office of Greenland, http://www.stat.gl/
  19. 19.0 19.1 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, National statistics office of Norway, http://www.ssb.no