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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


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.

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.

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


or Alun

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

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

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.

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.

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.

GwendolineMaryLacey Thu 13-Jun-13 11:35:47

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.

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.

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.)

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

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

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.

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

Dull and dated.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Alun is much better, oddly.

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

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

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.

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.

superbadspeller Tue 11-Jun-13 22:01:11

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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