name Aillighan come from when the family resided in the place named Allingham, which was in
where they were Lords of the manor of Allingham.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Aillighan has been recorded under many different variations, including Alingham, Allingham, Hallingham, Allighan and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aillighan or a variant listed above: 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.