Meaning: “from Alba; white one.”
The name is derived from the Latin Albanus, either meaning , “one from Alba,” or “one who is white.”
The name was borne by the first Britain’s first Christian martyr; killed in the 4th century.
Alban himself was not a Christian, and during the persecution of the Christians that were raging throughout the Roman empire, Alban agreed to hide a priest. When the authorities came to his door and tried to search his house, Alban dressed himself as the priest he was hiding and volunteered to be executed in the priest’s stead. During his imprisonment, Alban proclaimed himself a Christian and was beheaded.
His feast is celebrated on June 22.
Though a popular saint, even before the Reformation, the name never became widely used in England.