Show ContentsAlban History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Alban is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Alban family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Alban family lived in Normandy where it was derived from the ancient English given name Albin, meaning white.

Early Origins of the Alban family

The surname Alban was first found in St. Taurin, Evreux, Normandy, in the year 980, as St. Aubyn. This distinguished name arrived with the Conqueror through Sir John Aubyn, and settled in Barnstaple in Devon, where he became a patron of Barnstable Abbey. The family were granted many estates and they were recorded under the name Alban in the Domesday Book.

Early History of the Alban family

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Alban Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Albone, Allibone, Hallibone, Albin, Allbahn, Alibone, Allbones, Allbone, Alban, Aubyn, Aubyn, Aubin, Auban, Ellibone, Elbin, Ellban, Ellbone and many more.

Early Notables of the Alban family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Allibond (1597-1658), Master of Magdalen College School; Peter Allibond (1560-1629), an English translator of theological treatises from the French and Latin; Henry Albin (1624-1696), an English minister from Batcombe, Somerset who was...
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Alban Ranking

In the United States, the name Alban is the 15,941st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Canada Alban migration to Canada +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Alban or a variant listed above:

Alban Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Coneraud Alban, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Alban (post 1700) +

  • Richard Herbert "Dick" Alban (1929-2016), American football defensive back who played from 1952 to 1959
  • S. H. Alban, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1868 [2]
  • James S. Alban, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 2nd District, 1852-53 [2]
  • Norbert Alban Eder (b. 1955), retired German footballer
  • Alban Bensa (1948-2021), French anthropologist, director of studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and specialized in the study of New Caledonia and Kanak people
  • Air Commodore Alban Spencer Ellerton OBE CBE (1894-1978), British Air Force officer, Wing Commander, Air ADC to The King in 1946
  • Alban Butler (1711-1773), English hagiographer who was descended from the ancient family of the Butlers of Aston-le-Walls, in Northamptonshire [3]
  • Alban Strong, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oswego County, 1843-44
  • Alban Gerhardt (b. 1969), German cellist, known for his work with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Admiral Sir Alban Thomas Buckley Curteis KCB CVO DSO (1887-1961), British Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station (1942-1944)

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  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019 on Facebook