[ al-uh n ]
/ ˈæl ən /


a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”

Definition for alan (2 of 2)


[ 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 A·lans [uh-leynz, uh-lahnz] /əˈleɪnz, əˈlɑnz/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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