Alanis

Alanis is a feminine form of Alan, a name of uncertain etymology and meaning. It comes from an old Breton name, brought to England by the Normans. It could have originated from the name of a Celtic god, Alaunus, a god of healing and prophecy. The name may possibly be derived from Proto-Celtic *aleti (to grow, nourish) via PIE root word *h₂el- (to grow, nourish).

Another possible meaning behind the name is “little rock” via Old Irish ail (rock, boulder) combined with the diminutive suffix -an; or possibly meaning “handsome” via Old Irish álaind (beautiful; lovely, fine, splendid).

Incidentally, the Alans (Alani in Latin) is the name of an Iranian nomadic tribe in the north area of the Caucasus. In this case, the name seems to have originated as a dialectal form of Old Iranian *aryana <aryan, used to refer to the Indo-Iranian people, which derives from the root word arya (noble), which ultimately derives from a Proto-Indo-Iranian source. It could be possible the name Alan is based from this.

Alanis is also a Spanish and Portuguese surname (spelled Alanís), a locational name for someone who came from Alanís, Seville. It seems the name derives from an Arabic origin but I could not find an exact meaning behind the name.

Origin: uncertain; Proto-Indo-Iranian; Arabic

Meaning: uncertain though it could be related to the name of a Celtic deity “to grow, nourish”; possibly “little rock” or “handsome”; “noble”; also a Spanish and Portuguese surname

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Alannis (English)
  • Alanna (English)
  • Alana (English)
  • Allana (English)
  • Alaina (English)
  • Alayna (English)
  • Allyn (English)
  • Alyn (English)
  • Allynne (English)
  • Alauda (Celtic goddess)

Male forms:

  • Alan (English, Scottish, Breton, French)
  • Allan (English, Scottish, Danish)
  • Allen (English, Scottish)
  • Allyn (English)
  • Alyn (English)
  • Alain (French)
  • Alen (Croatian, Slovene)
  • Ailín (Irish)
  • Alun (Welsh)
  • Alaunus (Celtic god)