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Gender: male
Pronunciation: AL-en
Meaning: precious, rock, handsome
Related Names: Alan, Alen, Allan, Allyn, Jallen

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 258


Name: allen Origin: Gaelic,, Meaning (no case): precious, rock, handsome



The name Allen originates as a variation of the Old German name Alan meaning “precious.” [1] Additionally, the name is believed to be of Gaelic origin meaning “rock.” It is also associated with meaning “handsome.” Allen is typically an American and English version of the name, while Allan is a Scottish version of the name.


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Allen ranked as the 114th most popular male first name, the 3,048th most popular female first name and the 27th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names every year since 1880 and in the Top 100 most popular boys' names every year from 1880 (82nd) through 1911 (98th) and 1920 (94th) through 1968 (100th).

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 300 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (251st) through 2006 (283rd).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Allen in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:283rd
  • Year: 2005 Rank:273rd
  • Year: 2004 Rank:256th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:250th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:246th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:245th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:251st



  • “Allen” was the name of an American car manufactured in 1913 and 1914. [1]


  • Irwin Allen Ginsberg (known as Allen Ginsberg) – 20th century beat generation poet who is most widely known for the 1956 poem “Howl.” [1]
  • Allen Ezail Iverson – Professional National Basketball Association (NBA) point guard and shooting guard who was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001 and has been selected to nine All Star appearances. [1]
  • Woody Allen – Film writer, director and actor who won three Academy Awards (Oscars) for “Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen” and “Best Director” for the 1977 film Annie Hall and for “Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen” for the 1986 movie Hannah and Her Sisters. Additionally, he was nominated for numerous other Oscars during each of the last four decades, including, most recently, “Best Writing, Original Screenplay” for the 2005 movie Match Point. [1]
  • Steve Allen – Film and television actor and television show host who was nominated for six primetime Emmy Awards from the 1950s through the 1980s. [1]



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about AllenRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 5  +
Meaning precious, rock, handsome  +
Meaningnc precious, rock, handsome  +
Name allen  +
Origin Gaelic  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation AL-en  +
Rank in 2000s 258  +
Related Alan  +, Alen  +, Allan  +, Allyn  +, and Jallen  +
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