Alman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Alman family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Alman name reveals that an early member was a person or family of German heritage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Anglo-Norman-French word aleman, which means German. [1]

Early Origins of the Alman family

The surname Alman was first found in Allemagne, [2] now known as Fleury-sur-Orne, near Caen in Normandy. There is no clear record of the family arriving in Britain but their voyage is of no doubt. Some of the first records of the name include listings in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Terric le Alemaund in Buckinghamshire; Henry de Alemania in Nottinghamshire; Bertram de Almannia in Lincolnshire and Robert Almene in Cambridgeshire. [3] John le Alemaund was listed in London in 1284. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Alman. [3]

Early History of the Alman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alman research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1440, 1407 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Alman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alman Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Alman family name include Almayne, Alman, Allman, Almand, Hallman, Allmaine, Almon, Almand, Altman, Allman, Ellman, Dalman and many more.

Early Notables of the Alman family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Elmham (d. 1440?), English historian, Benedictine monk of St. Augustine's, Canterbury, probably a native of North Elmham in Norfolk. He was treasurer of his society...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Alman family to Ireland

Some of the Alman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Alman migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Alman family to immigrate North America:

Alman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Alman, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [5]
Alman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Simon Alman went to Philadelphia in 1709

Contemporary Notables of the name Alman (post 1700) +

  • Ewan David Alman (b. 1984), British actor and rapper, known by his stage name, Da Brakes
  • Benjamin Alman MD, FRCSC, Canadian head of Orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ 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)


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