Meaning of Alan in English:

Alan

noun

  • A member of a nomadic people of the northern Caucasus from whom the Ossetians are thought to be descended.

    The Alans are first mentioned in Roman sources as dwelling near the Caspian Sea.

Pronunciation

Alan

/ˈalən/ /əˈlɑːn/ /ˈeɪlən/

adjective

  • Of or relating to the Alans or their language; Alanic.

Pronunciation

Alan

/ˈalən/ /əˈlɑːn/ /ˈeɪlən/

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Vegetius' De Re Militari. From classical Latin Alānus (plural Alānī) member of an ancient Iranian-speaking people, related to the Scythians and Sarmatians from an Iranian ethnonym (ultimately cognate with Persian īrān, the name of Iran), apparently from the same Indo-Iranian base as Old Persian ariya + a suffix from the Indo-European base of -an.