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

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NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 09-Jun-13 00:09:53


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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