Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Sloan

Sloan(e) is the anglicized form of an Old Irish clan name, from the Gaelic Ó Sluaghhadáin (descendents of Sluaghhadáin). Sluaghhadáin uses the Irish diminutive suffix “-áin” attached to the ancient Gaelic personal name “Sluaghadh” meaning “raid”. Therefore, as a diminutive, Sloan means “little raider”. Sloane could also be considered a place name in reference to Sloane Square located in the chic Chelsea neighborhood of West London. The term “Sloane Ranger” was coined in the 1980s to signify the young, professional, upper-class women who lived near the Square and styled themselves after the fashionable Diana, Princess of Wales. As a female given name, Sloane has primarily been used in the United States but occasionally shows up in Canada and Australia, as well. Sloan without the “e” is much less popular.

All About the Baby Name – Sloan

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SLOAN

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SLOAN

Surprisingly, both Sloane and Sloan are very new to America’s Top 1000 list of baby girl names. Despite the name’s ancient roots in Ireland, Sloane first appeared on the U.S. charts in 2009 and Sloan followed in 2011. Some people insist that Sloan(e) is a masculine name, but we can’t find any evidence of male usage in America in the past 100+ years. There is a certain gender-neutrality to Sloan, so it's perfectly reasonable to assume it's a unisex name - it's just not used on baby boys with enough frequency to hit anyone's radar. It seems interest in the name Sloan was prompted by an “Entourage” character (from the HBO series) named Sloan (played by Emmanuelle Chriqui). Whatever the impetus behind Sloan(e)’s sudden usage, this one’s a keeper. It reminds us of other one-syllable girl names that imbue a sense of cool confidence: Brook, Blair, Clare and Paige. We must admit, however, we like it better with the “e” on the end. It somehow looks incomplete without it.

Quick Facts

ON SLOAN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

867

PRONUNCIATION:

SLOWN

SIMPLE MEANING:

Little raider

Characteristics

OF SLOAN

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Sloan

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SLOAN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Sloan

Popular Songs

ON SLOAN

Sloan
a song by C.W. McCall

Famous People

NAMED SLOAN

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Sloan.

Children of Famous People

NAMED SLOAN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Sloan

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SLOAN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sloan