The name Alan is a masculine given name in the English language. The name, or forms of the name, were brought to England by people from Brittany, in the 11th century; later the name spread north into Scotland and west into Ireland. In Ireland and Scotland there are Gaelic forms of the name which may, or may not be etymologically related to the name introduced by the Bretons.
Another similar-looking word in Irish is álainn and Scottish Gaelic àlainn, which means "beautiful".
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