Allan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Allan is from that ancient region of France known as Normandy. The surname is derived from the ancient given name Allen, meaning rock. This type of surname is known as a patronymic name, and comes from a broad category of surname types, known as hereditary surnames. Today there is a small town named Allain in north-eastern France.

Early Origins of the Allan family

The surname Allan was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this family held a family seat since very early times.

During the early Middle Ages the members of the family distinguished themselves through their involvement in the politics of the country, focusing on the welfare of their province. Through the years the family prospered and grew, and therefore branched into to several other areas.

By the 1700's members were prominently engaged in politics and François Allain was elected deputy at the Estates General at Saint-Malo in 1789. A member of this family who became notable through his contribution to society was François-Marie Allain de Launay, who served the King as Counselor and was elected President of the municipal district of Carhaix.

Descending from the original line of Normandy, François-Mathieu Alein, who came from a branch family, was the legal agent of the imperial treasure at Mouzon. He was highly esteemed and therefore elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly.

Simon Alain, born in 1646 and baptized on 18th August 1648, son of André and Catherine (née Marc), travelled from Rouen, Normandy to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Jeanne Maufait, daughter of Pierre and Marie (née Duval), on 15th April 1670. [1]

Early History of the Allan family

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Allan Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Alain, Alains, Alin, Alein, Alan, Allain, Allains, Allin, Allein, Allan, Aland, Alland, Aling, Alling, Alen, Allen, Aleng, Alleng, Alène and many more.

Early Notables of the Allan family (pre 1700)

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United States Allan migration to the United States +

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Allan has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Allan were

Allan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Allan, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • John Allan, who immigrated to Virginia in 1685
  • William Allan, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [2]
Allan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Allan, who arrived in America in 1768 [2]
  • Margaret Allan, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1774 [2]
  • James Allan, who emigrated from Scotland to Philadelphia in 1774
  • Alexander Allan, aged 22, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [2]
  • Adam Allan, who landed in New York in 1780 [2]
Allan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Allan, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Peter Allan, who arrived in New York in 1819 [2]
  • James Allan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824 [2]
  • Robert Allan, who landed in New York in 1831 [2]
  • Alexander Allan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Allan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Allan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Allan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Nathan Allan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Anthony Allan U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Carleton, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. Western Allan aka "Weston", "Allen" U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Eastern District, Upper Canada c. 1783 [3]
Allan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Allan, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Francis Allan, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Allan, aged 17, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Allan, aged 9mo, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • George Allan, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Allan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Janet Allan, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Allan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Allan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Allan, a butcher, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Allan, a coach-builder, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. James Allan, British Convict who was convicted in Perth, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Allan, British Convict who was convicted in Cumberland, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Allan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Allan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Allan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Allan, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Mr. John Allan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [6]
  • Mr. John Allan, (b. 1801), aged 40, British shepherd travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [7]
  • Mrs. Sarah Allan, (b. 1803), aged 38, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [7]
  • Miss Jannette Allan, (b. 1823), aged 19, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Allan (post 1700) +

  • Lewis Allan (1903-1986), pseudonym of Abel Meeropol, an American writer and song-writer
  • Mr. James Allan O.B.E., British Grade 7 for Ministry of Defence, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Defence [8]
  • Graeme "Gubby" Allan (b. 1954), former Australian rules footballer
  • Matthew Allan (b. 1975), former Australian rules footballer
  • Stephen Douglas Allan (b. 1973), Australian professional golfer
  • Scott Allan (b. 1991), Scottish footballer
  • John Allan (1866-1936), Australian politician, was the 29th Premier of Victoria
  • Colonel Sir Hugh Andrew Montague Allan CVO (1860-1951), Canadian banker, ship owner, and a sportsman, eponym of the Allan Cup
  • Trevor Allan OAM (1926-2007), Australian dual-code rugby international player
  • Crawford Allan (b. 1967), Scottish football referee
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss. Marjorie Townsley Allan (1913-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Clive, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [9]
  • Miss. Jane Phillipa Allan (1962-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Clive, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [9]
  • Mr. Alan Lawrence Malyon Allan (1920-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Clive, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [9]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Andrew Watson Allan (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Ashley Allan, English Third Waiter from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
  • Lady Marguerite Ethel Allan, (née MacKenzie), Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible believed to be 22 [11]
  • Miss Gwendolyn Evelyn Allan, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [11]
  • Miss Anna Marjory Allan, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Spencer Allan (d. 1912), aged 36, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Shirley, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Allan +

  • 3104 "Military Operations in Eastern Maine and Nova Scotia" by Frederick Kidder.

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  9. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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