Allain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Allain has a rich and ancient history that is specifically connected to the northern region of Normandy. It is a French name that was originally 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 Allain family
The surname Allain 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 Allain family
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Allain Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Allain is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name 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 Allain family (pre 1700)
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Allain migration to the United States +
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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. By the same year 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 Allain 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 Allain were
Allain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Francois Allain, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 
Allain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- T Allain, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 
Allain migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Allain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Allain, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
Contemporary Notables of the name Allain (post 1700) +
- Alexander P. Allain (1920-1994), American lawyer who led the fight for freedom of expression
- Rick Allain (b. 1969), North American ice hockey coach
- Stephanie Allain (b. 1959), African American producer
- Valérie Allain, French actress
- Pierre Allain (1904-2000), French alpinist, eponym of the Allain Angle (V2-V3)
- Marcel Allain (1885-1969), French writer
- Tara Allain (b. 1985), Miss Maine for 2007
- William A. "Bill" Allain (1928-2013), American politician, 58th Governor of Mississippi (1984-1988), 36th Mississippi Attorney General (1980-1984)
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)