Alan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Alan name began during the Middle Ages in the region of Normandy. The French name 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 Alan family
The surname Alan 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. 
Early History of the Alan family
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Alan Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Alan 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 Alan family (pre 1700)
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Alan migration to the United States +
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Alan has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Alan were
Alan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisco DePaula Alan, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1878 
Contemporary Notables of the name Alan (post 1700) +
- Fred Alan, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Bloomington, Minnesota, 2011 
- James Alan McPherson (1943-2016), American essayist and short-story writer; the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
- Ralph Alan DeLoach (1957-2022), American football defensive end in the National Football League who played one game for the New York Jets in 1981
- Robert Alan Morse (1931-2022), American two-time Tony Award winning, Primetime Emmy Award winning actor and singer, perhaps best known for his starring role as Truman Capote
- Todd Alan Gitlin (1943-2022), American sociologist, political activist and writer, novelist, and cultural commentator
- Charles Alan Pownall (1887-1975), United States Navy Rear Admiral and 3rd Military Governor of Guam
- Francis Alan Jackson CBE (1917-2022), British organist and director of music at York Minster for 36 years, born in Malton, North Yorkshire
- Richard Alan Lerner (1938-2021), American research chemist, best known for his work on catalytic antibodies, President of The Scripps Research Institute, co-winner of the 1994/5 Wolf Prize
- William Alan Hawkshaw BEM (1937-2021), British composer and performer, particularly of library music used as themes for movies and television programs, father of dance artist Kirsty Hawkshaw
- Daniel Alan Spitz (b. 1963), American musician and watchmaker best known for his work as the lead guitarist of the American heavy metal band Anthrax from 1983 to 1995 and from 2005 to 2008. He was nominated for three Grammy awards and earned several platinum albums
Related Stories +
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html