Famous Name - Allen
The Scottish family name Allen is classified
as being of personal name origin, derived from a parental first name or from the
font name of the grandfather or indeed a more remote ancestor of the original
bearer of the surname. With regard to the family name Allen, it indicates
"son of Allen", an ancient first name of uncertain origin, believed to
be a derivative of the Gaelic "ailin" meaning "little rock".
This given name was introduced to England and Scotland by the Bretons who
accompanied William the Conqueror to England in 1066. Variants of the surname
Allen include Alen, Allan and Alan. One of the earliest references to this name
or to a variant is a record of one Alan, son of Waldeve, who witnessed charters
by King David I in 1139. However, research is of course ongoing and this name
may have been documented even earlier than the date indicated above. Loughlan
fiz Aleyn, son-in-law of Alexander of Argyll, is recorded in 1301 and Henry Mane
was clerk of accounts of the kings household in 1490. Henry Alane was archdeacon
of Dunblane in 1498. It seems that in Scotland early documents for the study of
the development of surnames in that country are scarce with the result that
scholars have had to rely on source material dating from the fifteenth or
sixteenth centuries. Thus, it is possible that family names cited in those
manuscripts may in fact have been well established as fixed hereditary names at
a much earlier period. This name was introduced to North America as early as
1620 in which year we find a record of the emigration of Bozoun Allen, who
sailed to Hingham, Massachusetts. The name could of course have been first
introduced to that country at an earlier date.
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