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[al-uh n] /ˈæl ən/
a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”.


[uh-ley-nahy, uh-lah-nee] /əˈleɪ naɪ, əˈlɑ ni/
plural noun
a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Also called Alans
[uh-leynz, uh-lahnz] /əˈleɪnz, əˈlɑnz/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There had been great unison in the Porter household over the placing of Alan.

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  • "It's George Mortimer—he's in our bank," Alan confided to his sister, as they moved away.

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  • Alan would none of it; he was off to his woodchuck or groundhog.

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  • "Yes, John was very good about Alan's future," the mother concurred.

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  • You can trust this boy, father, as you might your own son, Alan.

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Word Origin and History for Alan

masc. proper name, 1066, from Old Breton Alan, name of a popular Welsh and Breton saint; brought to England by the large contingent of Bretons who fought alongside William the Conqueror.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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