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Etymology 1[edit]

Celtic name borne by early Breton saints, of disputed origin and meaning; brought to England by Normans. As an early Irish name, perhaps connected with ail, ‘noble’. It may have been the name of a Celtic deity, the brother of Bran, Welsh Alawn, Celtic Alun, ‘harmony’.

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Alan ‎(plural Alans)

  1. A male given name
    • 1951 translation by Nevill Coghill of: 13?? Geoffrey Chaucer: Canterbury Tales: The Reeve's Tale:
      He grabbed at Alan by his Adam's apple,
      And Alan grabbed him back in furious grapple
      And clenched his fist and bashed him on the nose.
    • 1910 P. G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs, and Other Stories, BiblioBazaar, LLC 2008, ISBN 0554330679, page 24:
      I could pose as an artist all right; so I took the studio. Also the name of Alan Beverley. My own is Bill Bates. I had often wondered what it would feel like to be called by some name like Alan Beverley or Cyril Trevelyan.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin Alānī, from Ancient Greek Ἀλανοί ‎(Alanoí).


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Alan ‎(plural Alans or Alani)

  1. (historical) A member of a group of Sarmatian tribes, nomadic pastoralists of the 1st millennium AD who spoke an Eastern Iranian language derived from Scytho-Sarmatian and which in turn evolved into modern Ossetian.
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Alan m

  1. A male given name, cognate to Alan.


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Alan m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Alan


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Alan m

  1. A male given name.


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  1. A male given name