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a male given name: from a Celtic word meaning “harmony.”.
a nomadic Iranian people who flourished in the 2nd–4th centuries a.d. and are ancestors of the present-day Ossets.
Contemporary Examples

(We’ll leave Shirley Chisholm, Alan Keyes and Carol Moseley-Braun out of this).
Irrational Obama Exuberance John Avlon November 25, 2008

Alan instructs Tron on the final leg of the mission: Destroy the MCP.
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His co-chairman, Alan Simpson, then weighed in with an assertion that it would happen in less than two years.
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Last summer, DC Comics revealed that Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, was gay.
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Alan Greenspan lasted as the head of the Federal Reserve until 2006, leaving at the age of 79.
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Historical Examples

“Troth, Mr. Macgregor, it’s not a name to be ashamed of,” answered Alan.
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson

We had just about tautened the tow-line when Alan’s voice rang out.
Rdan The Devil And Other Stories Louis Becke

You see Phil is seventeen and Alan is five, and between them we eight come in; so we are “just like steps,” as she says.
We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus

With lips pressed together, and ears strained, Alan had heard every word.
Chatterbox, 1906 Various

The boy picked it up with such roughness that Alan flinched on behalf of his card.
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory Doctorow

masc. proper name, 1066, from Old Breton Alan, name of a popular Welsh and Breton saint; brought to England by the large contingent of Bretons who fought alongside William the Conqueror.


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