Alanay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name of the Alanay family is derived from the given name Alan, meaning little rock. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. St. Alan was a Welsh and Breton saint and was very popular among the people of those two cultures.
Early Origins of the Alanay family
The surname Alanay was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Richmond, but following the pattern of many Norman and Breton families, junior branches of this distinguished name moved northward over the border into Scotland. They appeared to have settled in Dumbartonshire in Scotland. This is where we found the first records of the family. "Reginald filius Alani was a burgess of Aberdeen in 1317 and a few years later, another Ada filius Alani de Dunbretane witnessed a charter by Donald, earl of Lennox after 1334 and in the reign of Robert I the 20 pound land of Sproustoun was forfeited by John, Thomas, and William filii Alani. " 
Further south in their native Yorkshire, Johannes Alynson and Robertus Alaynson were both listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Early History of the Alanay family
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Alanay Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Allanson, Alanson, Allansone, Alansone, Allansoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Alanay family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir William Allanson (died 1656), an English merchant draper and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1653. He became a freeman of the...
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Migration of the Alanay family
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Alanay: John Allanson settled in Georgia in 1733.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute et labore
Motto Translation: By valour and exertion.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)