Ailighan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Ailighan surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the place named Allingham, which was in Kent. Allingham is a compound name, composed of the Old English elements Alling, which means holly, and ham, which means homestead. Thus, Allingham means holly homestead. 
Early Origins of the Ailighan family
The surname Ailighan was first found in Kent where they were Lords of the manor of Allingham. 
Early History of the Ailighan family
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Ailighan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Ailighan include Alingham, Allingham, Hallingham, Allighan and many more.
Early Notables of the Ailighan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ailighan family to Ireland
Some of the Ailighan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ailighan family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Walter Alinham who settled in Barbados in 1704. In Newfoundland, James Allingham, from County Donegal, settled in St. John's in 1834; William Allingham was a fisherman of the Brandy Islands in 1869.
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- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.