[ 2 syll. al-ban, alb-an ] The baby boy name Alban is also used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is AEL-BahN in English or AAL-BaaN in German †.
1: Alban is used predominantly in the English and German languages, and it is derived from Latin origins. The name's meaning is man from Alba. It is from the elements 'Alba' meaning white hill ; 'albus' white ; 'alp' rock. The name is derived from the Roman family name Albanus (Latin), meaning 'from Alba' in reference possibly to the ethnic name of a place in ancient Rome called Alba Longa. The place name is derived from the Latin 'albus' or the Celtic 'alp'. Alba could also refer to the Irish and Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland, which is derived from the Celtic word Albion. Albion is a poetic name for Great Britain, and it has often been associated with the name Alban. Saint Alban was a famous 3rd- or 4th-century Romano-British saint who gave shelter to Christians and was executed at the city St Albans, thereafter named after him; he was also Britain's first martyr. The name was popular in medieval times, and then it fell in disuse, before seeing a small revival in the 19th century.
Alban has 20 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Albain (used in French as well), Albanee, Albaney, Albani, Albanie, Albany, Albee, Albein, Albey, Albi, Albin, Albinet, Albis, Albys, Auban, and Auben. The diminutive forms Albie and Alby are other English variants. Albano (Germanic, Italian, and Spanish) and Aubin (French) are foreign variants of Alban.
2: Alban is used predominantly in the Albanian language and it is also derived from Albanian origins. Here, it means the Albanian. The name is derived from Alban, the name of the Illyrian tribe which survived after the decline of the Roman Empire. The country name Albania is derived from the name of this tribe. The name Albana (Albanian) is the female version of Alban.
See also the related categories, albanian, medieval, martyr (death), english, latin, revival, christians (missionary), man (humanity), word (element), rock (sand), white, illyrian, roman, ancient, celtic, german, decline, and irish.
Alban is an unusual baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
Baby names that sound like Alban include Albeon, Albon, Albun, Albein, Alben, Albin, Albyn, Albyon, Alpine, Alpyn, Alpyne, Alvan, Alven, Alvin, Alvon, Alvun, Alvyn, Albanee, Albaney, and Albani.
† Pronunciation for Alban: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Alban is Alban Berg, Composer, born Alban Maria Johannes Berg, 9 February 1885 - 24 December 1935, Vienna, Austria.