Alan - ?? off the wall or retro and will seem cool?

(82 Posts)
NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 09-Jun-13 00:09:53

discuss

PurpleThing Sun 09-Jun-13 00:13:14

Alan Bennett hates his name and believes it has held him back, made him feel inadequate and timid as an Alan could never do xyz.

Ham69 Sun 09-Jun-13 00:13:34

When I talk to my Geordie friends (in their mid thirties), it seems that every other male of their age group is called Alan.
I wouldn't say it was off the wall or reto. Just dull and dated.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 09-Jun-13 00:16:55

Allan or Allen sound the same, but somehow look less grey.
There are quite a few in my parent's circle of friends...

60 year old man

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 09-Jun-13 01:50:28

It's a bland name.

Allan/Allen are surnames and despite sounding the same are apparently incapable of bridging the surname/first name gap.

squoosh Sun 09-Jun-13 02:13:27

Bland and inoffensive.

squoosh Sun 09-Jun-13 02:14:37

Isambard is off the wall.

Cliff is retro.

ladymia Sun 09-Jun-13 05:46:25

It's in the Wayne category

Bearandcub Sun 09-Jun-13 05:53:08

[[ http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/1774302-The-Church-of-Allan Very religious ]] grin

HowlerMonkeyBelievesInAllan Sun 09-Jun-13 05:53:45

Praise be to Al (l) an.

Bearandcub Sun 09-Jun-13 05:54:18
Vatta Sun 09-Jun-13 06:21:04

Um....do you know that "Alan" is very widely used as a word for anal sex? Eg on a lot of Internet forums or on work emails where the word anal might get caught by firewalls or picked up by IT, people type Alan instead.

I'm afraid to most of my friends the name Alan would be hilarious for that reason.

bleedingheart Sun 09-Jun-13 06:34:50

I can't imagine a cute baby and toddler or cool teen being called Alan. Dull and associated with Mr Carr. Not what a child wants.

Artichook Sun 09-Jun-13 08:46:06

Awful. I wanted to honour a dear deceased relative by naming my son after him but he was Alan and its just so ugly and dull that I could not do it.

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 09-Jun-13 08:57:04

I know a baby Alan. Everyone is stunned when they hear the name.

Perseis Sun 09-Jun-13 08:59:10

I think Alan is fine. I work with an Alan, he is extremely successful. I've never thought of it as a retro or inadequate name.

lottiegarbanzo Sun 09-Jun-13 09:01:18

No, none of those. Just bland and dull.

comelywenchlywoo Sun 09-Jun-13 09:02:25

A few Alans in my family they're in their 40's and 20's. I like it, but I like my family members, so it goes hand in hand with that really doesn't it. Not sure I'd consider it for a baby, maybe.

dontmixthecolours Sun 09-Jun-13 09:02:53

DH says it's 'mega cool'. not that it's his name, oh no

Mamafratelli Sun 09-Jun-13 09:08:16

Alex much better. Alan is a middle aged bloke with bad breath. What about David?

Back2Two Sun 09-Jun-13 09:11:11

If the child is off the wall and cool then the name will be. But calling him Alan isn't necessarily going to make him cool!

MinnieBar Sun 09-Jun-13 09:14:29

<snort> at Alan=anal. Well that'll make it a bit less bland…

Unless it was the name of a very dear friend or family member, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, sorry.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sun 09-Jun-13 09:20:25

I know a 6 year old and a 2 year old Alan.
They are both lovely and I don't think the name is bland or boring at all.

MatersMate Sun 09-Jun-13 09:22:49

Oh god it's hideous!! Like calling a baby Roy or Derrick, sorry.

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