The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Alloway lived in Aberdeen but originally from Clackmannan. The name may be derived from the Gaelic alla
which means wild
which means field.
Early Origins of the Alloway family
The surname Alloway was first found in the county of Clackmannanshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Chlach Mhannainn), nicknamed the “wee county,” it is the smallest Council Area of Scotland
, located in southeastern Scotland
. According to Black, the most likely source of their origin was Alloa in the Aberdeen area. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
The first recorded spelling of the name was Alleway, about the year 1359. Alloway is a former Scottish village that is now a suburb of Ayr, best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for his poem "Tam o' Shanter." In North America, the word Alloway is a Delaware Indian term meaning "beautiful tail" and refers to the black fox.
Early History of the Alloway family
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Alloway Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Alloway has been spelled Alloway, Alleway, Aloveious, Alloweious, Allaway, Alliway, Alloway, Aloway, Alaway, Aleway, Alewy, Alloways, Allawy, Aylwey and many more.
Early Notables of the Alloway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alloway family to Ireland
Some of the Alloway family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alloway family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Alloway:
Alloway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Alloway who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
Alloway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Alloway, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1770
Alloway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel Alloway, who arrived in New Orleans in 1823
Alloway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Alloway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866
- Elizabeth Alloway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866
Contemporary Notables of the name Alloway (post 1700)
- Henry "Harry" Alloway (1856-1939), American journalist, publisher, and the financial editor of The New York Times from 1896 to 1906
- Richard "Rich" Alloway II, American Republican politician, Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (2009-) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, November 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- John L Alloway (b. 1952), American professional baseball player
- Ben Alloway (b. 1981), Australian mixed martial artist
- Lawrence Alloway (1926-1990), English art critic and curator who was the first to use the term "Pop Art" in the 1960s to indicate that art has a basis in the popular culture of its day
- Billie Alloway (b. 1962), English professional footballer
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, November 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html