Elan name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Elan mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Elan

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Tanzania, United Republic of says the name Elan means "Passion and believes somebody have to reach his/her highest position in life" and is of African origin.
  2. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Elan means "Energetic" and is of Welsh origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun É`lan"
Ardor inspired by passion or enthusiasm.

Etymology: F., fr. élancer to dart

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness ("a performance of great elan and sophistication")
  2. Distinctive and stylish elegance
  3. A feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

From French élan.

  1. ardor or zeal inspired by passion or enthusiasm.

elan was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and Romanian

Notable Persons Named Elan

Notable Persons Named Elan


Elán is an alternative rock music artist (occupation). She was most active from 2003 to present. Elán was given the name Elán DeFan on March 1st, 1983.

Elan Lee

Elan was born on January 26th, 1975 in Los Angeles.

Elan Mastai

Elan was born in Vancouver.

Elan Atias

Elan Atias is a singer-songwriter, reggae, rock music, pop music, and house music singer-songwriter. He was most prominent from 1997 to present. Elan was born on September 21st, 1975. Elan is also known as Elan.

Elan Carr

Elan Carr is an attorneys in the united states and attorney(deputy district attorney). Elan was given the name Elan Sherod Carr on November 25th, 1968 in Manhattan.

Elan Closs Stepehens

Elan was born in Talysarn.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Elan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Elan


Elán is an alternative rock music artist (occupation). She was most active from 2003 to present. Elán was given the name Elán DeFan on March 1st, 1983.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elan U.S.
  White 51.26% 64.26%
  African American 33.21% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elan

People with the last name Elan are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Elan

  • How Popular is the name Elan? Elan is the 4,592nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Elan was the 70,645th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Elan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,861 babies born with the first name Elan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Elan to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1963 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Elan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elan is Tuesday, January 5th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Elan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elan was in 2011 with a total of 136 babies.
  • Random Elan Factoid: According to the 1991 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Elan is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name in 1991.
  • Weird things about the name Elan: The name spelled backwards is Nale. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lena. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 277 people with the last name Elan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Elan as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Elan name meaning

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