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The ALAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,372 18551 0.001 5
United States (1880 census) 83 35575 0.000 2
Change since 1880 +1289 +17024 +0.001 +3
Other Countries
Australia 30 38221 0.000 2
United Kingdom 212 15839 0.000 5
Top States for ALAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 209 9870 0.001 6
Florida 118 11995 0.001 7
New York 104 14260 0.001 5
Michigan 85 11623 0.001 9
Texas 70 16794 0.000 3
Top States for ALAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 8 11258 0.001 11
Hawaii 11 7678 0.001 9
Washington DC 5 8536 0.001 9
Michigan 85 11623 0.001 9
Wyoming 4 13389 0.001 8


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ALAN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ALAN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ALAN in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ALAN by picking someone at random in South Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ALAN

Region of origin: Europe

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Ethnic distribution of ALAN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 834 60.79
Black/African American 263 19.17
White (Hispanic) 120 8.75
Mixed Race 69 5.03
Asian/Pacific 68 4.96
Native American/Alaskan 18 1.31

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ALAN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ALAN in historical publications

Is thought by Julius Scaliger to signify a hound in the Sclavonian, and Chaucer uses Aland in the same sense.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to ALAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ALAN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ALAN

The following words are slight variants of ALAN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.