Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hungarian
Meaning: uncertain

The name is of debated origin and meaning, it was first brought to the public’s attention via Mihály Vörösmarty’s 1825 epic poem, Zalán Futása.

There are a few possible sources for this name, one is that it is from the name of a place in Hungary, Szalánkemén. Other sources have suggested that it is from a Turkic element, zala, meaning, “throwing, hitting.”

In Hungary, the designated name-days are March 30, July 14, September 10 and December 30.