Alan - ?? off the wall or retro and will seem cool?

(82 Posts)
NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Sun 09-Jun-13 00:09:53

discuss

RoooneyMara Sun 09-Jun-13 09:27:27

No it's terrible.

MrsBeep Sun 09-Jun-13 09:27:42

Being a massive 'Partridge' fan I like Alan.

Bowlersarm Sun 09-Jun-13 09:30:18

I think it's day will come again. But I don't think it's now.

snice Sun 09-Jun-13 09:30:21

Ian is better if you want to go 70s retro

ToTiredToBeWitty Sun 09-Jun-13 09:36:23

Stay away from 70's retro. It will never be cool for our generation.

elliepac Sun 09-Jun-13 10:04:25

When DS was born, we wanted to name him after my DF who had died a few year earlier and was an Alan Charles. Despite the obvious love for DF I did not have the same love for his name nor burden DS with it. We swapped the first and second names around so we have a Charles Alan (Charlie day to day). Great DF, terrible namegrin.

BlueStarsAtNight Sun 09-Jun-13 10:08:04

I don't think it's ready for a revival yet!

lisianthus Sun 09-Jun-13 10:10:49

I love it. I think of it in terms of its Norman French roots, so tend to think of it in the same bracket as Giles or Hugh. Very Walter Scott.

lljkk Sun 09-Jun-13 10:13:09

I know a 9yo, sweet boy. Old-fashioned name, sure, but lots of old-fashioned names come into their own when bearer is about 20-30yo.

Badvoc Sun 09-Jun-13 10:13:28

No

MotheringShites Sun 09-Jun-13 10:15:53

The Hangover.....

Alan, David, Stephen all retro but soooo uncool.

MummyMastodon Sun 09-Jun-13 10:30:11

Add an 's'.

Aslan.

How cool is that? wink

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Sun 09-Jun-13 10:32:20

It needs another generation or 2 before it will remotely approach the retro/cool band.

Birds' rule of thumb: If you have an Uncle in his 50s or 60s called it, it's not good.

yes, Derek, Brian, Keith, Alan, I am looking at you.....

(David and Stephen less so, I think, more classic (if booooooooring) because of Saints and things)

Coconutty Sun 09-Jun-13 10:33:23

Meh.

Vatta Sun 09-Jun-13 10:51:51

Yes, name him Aslan! Much better.

Elquota Sun 09-Jun-13 10:58:17

I think it's retro and cool.

NorbertDentressangle Sun 09-Jun-13 11:00:10

I knew a cat called Alan - that was cool.

A baby called Alan ? No, sorry, I don't find that cool.

BangOn Sun 09-Jun-13 11:20:06

i know a very suave Alan in his 60s. it suits him but not sure it's a name most people could pull off

miffybun73 Sun 09-Jun-13 13:08:06

OK for an adult, but I just can't imagine a baby Alan.

TheSecondComing Sun 09-Jun-13 13:13:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

fussychica Sun 09-Jun-13 13:32:31

Well it's better than the current craze for "old men down the pub names".
Rather Alan than Bertram or Stanley in my book but then I'm in my 50s and know a few men called Alan and have never considered their name relating to anal sex shock

Alain ? bit French, innit.

RedlipsAndSlippers Sun 09-Jun-13 13:44:06

I know an Alan in his 40's ish, he's lovely, successful and a little bit nuts. It's not a name I would choose (wouldn't go with the surname) but your child will be who they are regardless, so if you like it, go for it.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 09-Jun-13 14:27:10

At some point the anagram of Alan will be used.
I'd either spell it differently or better still find another name.

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