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The history of the name Allan began when it was derived from the given name Alan, which is thought to mean "little rock" or "headstone." The name was popular among the Breton followers of William the Conqueror due to St. Alan, a 5th-century bishop from Quimper, Brittany; during the Middle Ages, parents often named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

Allan Early Origins



The surname Allan was first found in the lands of Shropshire, where Walter FitzAlan of Brittany held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The parish of Mileham, Norfolk is of early significance to the family. "This place, at the time of the Conquest, was given to Alan, son of Flaald, and ancestor of the Fitz-Alans, earls of Arundel, who erected a strong castle here, of which some vestiges may still be traced, within the area of an intrenchment of twelve acres; the site of the keep is pointed out by an inner intrenchment by which it was surrounded." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Allan Spelling Variations


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Allan Spelling Variations



There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since 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, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Alan, Allan, Allen, Alleyn, Allayne, Allaine, Allain, Allanach, Allanshaw, MacAllan and many more.

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Allan Early History


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Allan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allan research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1532, 1594, 1583, 1658, 1596, 1671, 1637, 1608, 1673, 1610, 1681, 1612, 1685, 1614, 1677, 1621, 1663, 1660, 1677, 1686, 1677, 1686, 1694, 1764, 1635, 1705, 1692, 1700, 1661, 1726 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Allan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Allan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Allan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was William Allen (1532-1594), an English prelate; Francis Allen (ca.1583-1658), an English financier, politician and regicide who sided with parliament in the civil War against Charles I; John Allen, or John Allin (1596-1671) English settler America in 1637-38, one of the founders of...

Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Allan In Ireland


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Allan In Ireland



Some of the Allan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Allan arrived in North America very early:

Allan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Allan, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • John Allan, who immigrated to Virginia in 1685
  • William Allan, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Allan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Allan, who arrived in America in 1768
  • Margaret Allan, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1774
  • James Allan, who emigrated from Scotland to Philadelphia in 1774
  • Alexander Allan, aged 22, landed in North Carolina in 1774
  • Adam Allan, who landed in New York in 1780

Allan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Allan, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Peter Allan, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • James Allan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Robert Allan, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Alexander Allan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Allan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Nathan Allan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Anthony Allan U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Carleton, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Western Allan aka "Weston", "Allen" U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Eastern District, Upper Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Allan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Allan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Francis Allan, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Allan, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Allan, aged 9mo, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • George Allan, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Janet Allan, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Allan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Allan, a butcher, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Allan, a coach-builder, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Allan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • William T Allan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Francis Allan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Allan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Allan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Agnes Allan, aged 39, a baker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Janet Allan, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Andrew Allan, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Fanny Allan, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Allan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Allan (post 1700)



  • Lewis Allan (1903-1986), pseudonym of Abel Meeropol, an American writer and song-writer
  • Graeme "Gubby" Allan (b. 1954), former Australian rules footballer
  • Matthew Allan (b. 1975), former Australian rules footballer
  • Stephen Douglas Allan (b. 1973), Australian professional golfer
  • Scott Allan (b. 1991), Scottish footballer
  • John Allan (1866-1936), Australian politician, was the 29th Premier of Victoria
  • Colonel Sir Hugh Andrew Montague Allan CVO (1860-1951), Canadian banker, ship owner, and a sportsman, eponym of the Allan Cup
  • Trevor Allan OAM (1926-2007), Australian dual-code rugby international player
  • Crawford Allan (b. 1967), Scottish football referee
  • Keith Allan (b. 1943), Australian ling Uist and Emeritus Professor at Monash University
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Allan Historic Events


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Allan Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Ashley Allan, English Third Waiter from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Lady Marguerite Ethel Allan, (née MacKenzie), Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible believed to be 22
  • Miss Gwendolyn Evelyn Allan, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Miss Anna Marjory Allan, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Robert Spencer Allan (d. 1912), aged 36, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Shirley, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Allan


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Suggested Readings for the name Allan



  • Military Operations in Eastern Maine and Nova Scotia by Frederick Kidder.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Waterloo.htm

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Allan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Allan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 November 2016 at 08:47.

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