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Alan

[al-uh n] /ˈæl ən/
noun
1.
a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”.

Alani

[uh-ley-nahy, uh-lah-nee] /əˈleɪ naɪ, əˈlɑ ni/
plural noun
1.
a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Also called Alans
[uh-leynz, uh-lahnz] /əˈleɪnz, əˈlɑnz/ (Show IPA)
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Examples for Alan
  • Carl reiner makes his first appearance as Alan brady in this episode.
  • Oneact plays there are seven oneact plays written by Alan ayckbourn.
Word Origin and History for Alan
Alan
masc. proper name, 1066, from O.Bret. Alan, name of a popular Welsh and Breton saint; brought to England by the large contingent of Bretons who fought alongside William the Conqueror.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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