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  • (No Name) (deceased)
    Children of William Eaton and Jane are:iv. Barbara Eaton, born Abt. 1564 in Dover, Kent, England; married John Allen Abt. 1584. * From
  • 1st wife of George Allen (1585 - bef.1626)
    The name of George Allen's first wife has not been determined yet. He is known to have been married twice while still residing in England. Although George Allen is known to have been married twice whi...
  • Abel Allen (1733 - 1808)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW HAMPSHIRE. DAR Ancestor # A001344 Birth: Aug. 14, 1733 Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA Death: Aug. 18, 1808 Surry Cheshire County New Hampshi...

About the Allen surname

history and origin

The Allen and Allan surname derives from aluinn, meaning fair or handsome. It also derives from the Gaelic and Breton personal name of the pre-Christian era Ailin which loosely translates as Little rock, although it may also mean harmony.

The Allan surname spelled with an "a" is generally considered to be associated with Scottish clans, including Clan Donald, Clan Grant, Clan MacFarlane and Clan MacKay. Spelled with an "e," however, the Allen surname is generally considered to be English in origin. However, a variety of names from a variety of regions might be anglicised as either Allen or Allan, so the name spelling may not point to your family's origin.

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock'. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock'. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.


other versions of this surname

other possible versions of this surname

family of Pembrokeshiire

family of Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Barbados

family of Essex, Kent, Derbyshire, Devon and Middlesex

family of County Dublin and County Kildare (includes the Viscounts Allen)

family of Yorkshire

family of County Kildare (includes Sir Thomas Alen, 1st Baronet)