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

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


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

[[ 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 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.

RoooneyMara Sun 09-Jun-13 09:27:27

No it's terrible.

MrsBeep Sun 09-Jun-13 09:27:42

Being a massive 'Partridge' fan I like Alan.

Bowlersarm Sun 09-Jun-13 09:30:18

I think it's day will come again. But I don't think it's now.

snice Sun 09-Jun-13 09:30:21

Ian is better if you want to go 70s retro

ToTiredToBeWitty Sun 09-Jun-13 09:36:23

Stay away from 70's retro. It will never be cool for our generation.

elliepac Sun 09-Jun-13 10:04:25

When DS was born, we wanted to name him after my DF who had died a few year earlier and was an Alan Charles. Despite the obvious love for DF I did not have the same love for his name nor burden DS with it. We swapped the first and second names around so we have a Charles Alan (Charlie day to day). Great DF, terrible namegrin.

BlueStarsAtNight Sun 09-Jun-13 10:08:04

I don't think it's ready for a revival yet!

lisianthus Sun 09-Jun-13 10:10:49

I love it. I think of it in terms of its Norman French roots, so tend to think of it in the same bracket as Giles or Hugh. Very Walter Scott.

lljkk Sun 09-Jun-13 10:13:09

I know a 9yo, sweet boy. Old-fashioned name, sure, but lots of old-fashioned names come into their own when bearer is about 20-30yo.

Badvoc Sun 09-Jun-13 10:13:28


MotheringShites Sun 09-Jun-13 10:15:53

The Hangover.....

Alan, David, Stephen all retro but soooo uncool.

MummyMastodon Sun 09-Jun-13 10:30:11

Add an 's'.


How cool is that? wink

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Sun 09-Jun-13 10:32:20

It needs another generation or 2 before it will remotely approach the retro/cool band.

Birds' rule of thumb: If you have an Uncle in his 50s or 60s called it, it's not good.

yes, Derek, Brian, Keith, Alan, I am looking at you.....

(David and Stephen less so, I think, more classic (if booooooooring) because of Saints and things)

Coconutty Sun 09-Jun-13 10:33:23


Vatta Sun 09-Jun-13 10:51:51

Yes, name him Aslan! Much better.

Elquota Sun 09-Jun-13 10:58:17

I think it's retro and cool.

NorbertDentressangle Sun 09-Jun-13 11:00:10

I knew a cat called Alan - that was cool.

A baby called Alan ? No, sorry, I don't find that cool.

BangOn Sun 09-Jun-13 11:20:06

i know a very suave Alan in his 60s. it suits him but not sure it's a name most people could pull off

miffybun73 Sun 09-Jun-13 13:08:06

OK for an adult, but I just can't imagine a baby Alan.

TheSecondComing Sun 09-Jun-13 13:13:32

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fussychica Sun 09-Jun-13 13:32:31

Well it's better than the current craze for "old men down the pub names".
Rather Alan than Bertram or Stanley in my book but then I'm in my 50s and know a few men called Alan and have never considered their name relating to anal sex shock

Alain ? bit French, innit.

I know an Alan in his 40's ish, he's lovely, successful and a little bit nuts. It's not a name I would choose (wouldn't go with the surname) but your child will be who they are regardless, so if you like it, go for it.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 09-Jun-13 14:27:10

At some point the anagram of Alan will be used.
I'd either spell it differently or better still find another name.

TheSecondComing Sun 09-Jun-13 14:47:08

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QOD Sun 09-Jun-13 15:08:52

Alan is old and bland and 40 yr old bloke BUT 1 000000 times better than Archie, Alfie, Noah, Stanley, Norman etc

Zipitydooda Sun 09-Jun-13 16:03:55

My son has a friend called Alain which is pronounced v similar but Al-an rather than Al-un. It is nicer and less dull a name.

mewkins Mon 10-Jun-13 21:10:37

I would live to introduce a baby as Alan! In similar category to Kevin, Paul and Steve. Good solid 70S/80S names!

Beamur Mon 10-Jun-13 21:12:07

Alan is just hideous and will take at least another generation before it can return.

AlanMoore Mon 10-Jun-13 21:20:02

I like it smile

Also like Francis (was on my list for DS), David, Paul, John, Anthony etc.

They will rise again, we'll be grandmas to baby Bernards and Pamelas and our kids will have grandchildren called Darren and Louise.

AlanMoore Mon 10-Jun-13 21:20:11

I like it smile

Also like Francis (was on my list for DS), David, Paul, John, Anthony etc.

They will rise again, we'll be grandmas to baby Bernards and Pamelas and our kids will have grandchildren called Darren and Louise.

Lyftiduft Tue 11-Jun-13 20:11:20

to me it's one of the granny age names, as my grandad was Allan, b. 1922 (he'd be 91). I quite like it, DS is Alex though.

I also quite like Bernard- but couldn't use it as surname starts with D - and Ian is on the list for DC2...

AllegraLilac Tue 11-Jun-13 20:17:41

My dear Grandad. Would like to use for future DS. Middle name probably.

sonlypuppyfat Tue 11-Jun-13 21:32:45

I know an Alyn who is an older man but it just seems nicer than Alan

pinkpudding Tue 11-Jun-13 21:55:33

my dh is Alan. he did not want any of our children to have his name. hth

My grandad was an allan. never met him so no idea what he was like. My favourite ever cousin is allan and i love him like a baby brother - my ds middle name is allan after him. I like it as a first but my aunt would get far too giddy over my using 'her' name hmm not in a bad way just constant showing off yuk.

I also like stuart though and according to MN on occasion that is the most awful name ever.

Avalicious1980 Wed 12-Jun-13 13:08:20

About five years ago I bumped into an ex student with her baby boy. I asked her his name and she said "Alan". I replied "Adam" thinking I'd misheard her. The baby was actually called Alan. I felt awful because I was shocked to hear my husband's name on a baby.

EuphemiaLennox Wed 12-Jun-13 19:17:43

If you are an achingly cool hipster yiu could probably get away with it. People would assume it's the new wave retro and you're ahead of the curve.

Which is probably true but yiud probably be 20yrs ahead of the curve then 100s of little Alans and Dereks will be turning up. Bit like being a 30 yr old Grace or Ruby now.

twitchypalm Wed 12-Jun-13 20:28:33

how do people feel about it being spelt alun the welsh way?

lottiegarbanzo Wed 12-Jun-13 20:34:55

Alun is much better, oddly.

EuphemiaLennox Wed 12-Jun-13 22:27:55

Alun is good if you say it with a Welsh accent.

Can't guarantee everyone will though.

Sidge Wed 12-Jun-13 22:33:18

I can't hear Alan without thinking of this now...

invicta Wed 12-Jun-13 22:37:10

If you like it, use it. It doesn't really matter what other people think.

I like it.

peanutsandwich Wed 12-Jun-13 22:55:08

Dull and dated.

sleepingbeautiful Thu 13-Jun-13 07:16:10

Makes me think of Alan-a-dale in Robin Hood as well as Alan Partridge.

I'd not be in a rush to choose it, but it's better than Ptolemy and Edgar.

twitchypalm Thu 13-Jun-13 07:56:47

I know of an Alun but he get called ali he suits it though

Oblongata Thu 13-Jun-13 08:15:06

The only Alan I've known was a classic charming psychopath with proper delusions.
Therefore you should not name your baby Alan. grin

(Other than that, it's an ok name, just a bit boring. Alain de Botton seems to do ok, maybe that extra 'i' is worth it.)

hippoesque Thu 13-Jun-13 11:32:45

Will struggle in any group gathering e.g festivals. We can all thank that creature comfort(??) thing on BBC for that one.

If I'd had a boy then Alan would have been in there somewhere. I really like it. But then, it's my dad's name and he's very cool.

KittenofDoom Thu 13-Jun-13 11:50:07

I'm in my 50s and have known loads of Alans and NEVER ONCE has the anagram 'anal' cropped up. You can find something horrible to say about any name if you try really hard.

HappyJoyful Thu 13-Jun-13 11:54:31

neither off the wall or retro.. resounding no.

Jonny, Scott, Ian, Paul, David, Michael, Stuart, Neil... all beat Alan.

HesterShaw Thu 13-Jun-13 16:45:30

My dad is called Alan, and he's very ill. When we were thinking of middle names for DS's new baby, we thought of the middle name Alan and then conversation moved on again very quickly sad. It's a dad or an uncle's name, not a baby.

However if you're in Wales, Alun, doesn't have the same kind of associations.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 13-Jun-13 21:49:15

There is one at school with my Dcs (aged 5).

amazingmumof6 Fri 14-Jun-13 02:06:02


or Alun

bugsybill Fri 14-Jun-13 05:58:00

I really like it for how it looks and sounds but I don't think you can use it because it is still associated with older men.

In 20 years I think it will be popular again as it is a great name... easy to pronounce, looks nice written down, rolls off the tongue easily. All reasons why it was so popular 40-80 years ago.

Vatta Wed 19-Jun-13 10:48:00

kittenofdoom - Alan is very widely used as an alternative word for anal, especially on the Internet and email. I'm afraid to me it's just a funny name now.

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