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Allan (M)>

Allan (male)

Variants:Ailean (M) Ailene (M) Ailin (M) Allain (M)
Derivative(s):Allan (S)
Can be spelt:Alan (M) Allen (M)
Feminine form:Alana (F) Alena (F) Allaine (F) Allana (F) Allanina (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

Chambers Dictionary [2003]

Scottish and, less often, English. Possibly from the Gaelic, "rock" or "noble"; possibly brought to Britain by the Normans.

Chambers suggests the meaning is "harmony".

Alan is the most frequent spelling in Britain; Allan and Allen are more common in USA.