HISTORY OF NATIONAL ALAN DAY
In Celtic baby names, Alan is a boy name meaning ‘harmony,’ ‘stone,’ or ‘noble.’ It could also mean ‘fair’ and ‘handsome.’ Some other sources also trace the name to a German origin, meaning ‘precious.’ Some sources of history also ascribe the earliest origin of Alan to a saint, stating that the name was reintroduced to Britain during the Norman Conquest. The name maintained a moderate popularity level during the Middle Ages and gained a renewed use around the 19th century. Other spelling variations of this name include Allan, Allen, Alain, Alun, Allon, and Alyn. No matter how you spell it, this name is a beautiful name with wonderful meanings.
The name ‘Alan’ has been quite popular and is the birth name of many celebrities and popular figures. Some of the most famous ‘Alan’ includes American actor and comedian Alan Alda, T.V. talk show host Alan Carr, British-Norwegian D.J., YouTuber, and record producer Alan Walker. Other famous namesakes include American economist Alan Greenspan who served as the 13th chair of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host Alan Thicke, and multi-award-winning composer Alan Menken, and English mathematician, computer scientist, and cryptanalyst Alan Turing.
The show business also used Alan for fictional characters in movies and T.V. shows such as ‘Boston Legal,’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ ‘Young and the Restless,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Boy Meets World,’ ‘Sesame Street,’ and ’24.’
Why is it celebrated?
It’s the day to celebrate Alans of all shapes, sizes, and statuses. Alan is one of the most popular first names in the world today. Other common spelling variations of this name are Allan, Allen, or Alyn.