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Quick Facts on Allen

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 349
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Allen

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Allen

Allen is an alternate spelling of Alan and is generally regarded as the typical surname spelling. The name came to the British Isles the same way Alan did – from Brittany, an area of northwest France that is distinctly Celtic in origin. The Normans brought Alan to the British Isles by way of the Norman Conquest. The name’s Celtic etymology comes from the word “alp, ail” meaning ‘rock’ which can also be found in the modern Irish “ailín” meaning ‘little rock.’ The surname Allen developed from this Irish-Gaelic word (the Gaels being a sect of the Celts). It is a surname shared by people of England, Scotland and Ireland (making it one of the more widespread last names). William the Conqueror’s army at the Battle of Hastings (1066) was largely comprised of men from Brittany. One of his finest allies, Alan, the Earl of Brittany, was awarded large swaths of land in England for his participation (and so he served to popularize the usage of his name). Alan (French: Alain; Welsh: Alun) and Allan/Allen have always been fairly popular names in Brittany and on the British Isles since medieval times. However, today, Ireland is the only English-speaking country where Alan remains a Top 100 choice as a boy’s first name. The surname spelling of Allen as a given name is more distinct to North America.

Popularity of the Name Allen

Allen has been a hugely successful masculine first name in 20th century America. He was generally a Top 100 favorite from the late 1880s all the way through 1970. The name has fallen from usage most substantially in the 1990s and into the 21st century. Today, Allen has become a name of fairly moderate usage (given to about 1,000 baby boys per year). The spelling of Alan is still the most popular (150% more popular than Allen, in fact). Famous Americans who have borne the name Allen include the Beat Generation poet Irwin “Allen” Ginsberg and the genius director Woody Allen (whose birth name is Allen Stewart Konigsberg). Some pretty impressive namesakes we’d say, not to mention Allen Iverson the basketball star. Whether you prefer the spelling Alan or Allen, the meaning is still the same. Rock solid.
Popularity of the Boy Name Allen
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Allen

  • Popular Songs on Allen

    Popular Songs on Allen

    Allen Hotel - a song by the Adolescents

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Allen

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Allen

    Allen Iverson: Fear no One (John Smallwood) - Allen Iverson has taken the game of basketball to a new level. He grew up in Virginia with nothing but his talent and his heart. But he had The Plan: his never-say-die dream to become an NBA superstar. So he began his journey down a road full of obstacles. But the world underestimated Allen Iverson....From his first days playing college his turbulent early years in the his leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the 2001 NBA Finals and being named league MVP, here is the real story of controversial superstar Allen Iverson. Acclaimed sports journalist John Smallwood -- who has covered Iverson extensively -- shows readers the Iverson they never knew: the boy, the man, the rapper, the player, the role model, and the icon. Get to know Allen Iverson...the man behind the legend. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Allen Jay and the Undergound Railroad (Marlene Targ Brill) - Recounts how Allen Jay, a young Quaker boy living in Ohio during the 1840s, helped a fleeing slave escape his master and make it to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective (Jason Edwards) - Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective is the story of a smart but timid 5th grade boy haunted by fears that have literally come to life. He searches fruitlessly for help until a strange business card mysteriously appears in his book bag, instructing him how to summon Bigelow Hawkins, The Great Monster Detective. With Bigelow's help, along with the use of a very special flashlight and magnifying glass, Will must learn how to conquer his monsters and uncover the secret of the dreadful Hidden Beast before it's too late...Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Allen

    Famous People Named Allen

    Famous People Named Allen - Allen Ginsberg (poet); Allen Ezail Iverson (basketball player); Allen Stewart Konigsberg (aka Woody Allen)

  • Children of Famous People Named Allen

    Children of Famous People Named Allen

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Allen - Doc Severinsen (musician); John Astin (actor); Patty Duke (actress); Russell Baker (author)

  • Historic Figures

    Allen - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Allen - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Allen.

Personality of the Boy Name Allen

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Allen

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