Anglo-Saxon name Allams comes from when the family resided in Hallamshire, an ancient part of Yorkshire encompassing the modern cities of Ecclesfield and Sheffield. Allam is an abbreviated form of Hallam.
Early Origins of the Allams family
Yorkshire, and the name is an abbreviated form of Hallam. Hallamshire was an ancient part of Yorkshire encompassing the present cities Ecclesfield and Sheffield. This county is the home of the ancient Allams, or Hallams, and they have held a family seat there from times of great antiquity.
Early History of the Allams family
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Allams Spelling Variations
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. Allams has been recorded under many different variations, including Allam, Allem, Allum, Hallam, Hallum, Allom and others.
Early Notables of the Allams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allams family to the New World and Oceana
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 Allams or a variant listed above: James Allam, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1701 and moved westward. Michael Allam landed in Maryland in 1733 and also moved westward. Mary Allam, aged 20, landed in Boston in 1720. William Hallam arrived in Barbados with his servants in 1680.
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