Do Americans pronounce "Ellen" and "Alan" in the same way? I am especially concerned with the first vowel.
Here is a quote that may be a case in point:
Being a Brit also, the names "Ellen" and "Alan" tend to sound the same when spoken with an American tongue. It was just unfortunate that the child was very tom boyish and had an ambiguous sounding name
Context: discussion on why they chose a boy-looking girl for the movie "Fatal Attraction"