Show ContentsAllanson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Allanson is a patronymic surname, derived from the given name Alan, meaning little rock. Patronymic surnames were created from the name of a male relative, usually of the father. As a given name, Alan beamed popular due to the Welsh and Breton saint, St. Alan.

Early Origins of the Allanson family

The surname Allanson 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.

Early History of the Allanson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allanson research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1447, 1463 and 1469 are included under the topic Early Allanson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allanson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Allanson, Alanson, Allansone, Alansone, Allansoune and many more.

Early Notables of the Allanson family

Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was

  • Sir Alexander Allanson, Chaplain of Edinburgh

United States Allanson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Allanson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Allanson, who landed in Maryland in 1659 1
  • Mary Allanson, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 1
  • John Allanson, who landed in Maryland in 1663 1
Allanson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Allanson, who settled in Georgia in 1733

Canada Allanson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Allanson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Louis Allanson, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 31st March 1637 2

Australia Allanson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Allanson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Allanson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Allanson (post 1700) +

  • Susie Allanson, American country music singer and actress from Burbank, California
  • Andrew Neal "Andy" Allanson (b. 1961), American former Major League Baseball catcher from Richmond, Virginia who played from 1986 to 1995
  • Noel Laurence Allanson (1925-2022), Australian rules footballer who played with Essendon in the Victorian Football League (1947-1951), vice-president of Essendon Football Club in 1976 and 1977 and treasurer from 1978 to early 1991
  • George Allanson (b. 1737), English prelate from London, Archdeacon of Cornwall
  • Charles Allanson (1720-1775), British politician from Little Sion, Middlesex, Member of Parliament for Ripon (1768– 1775)
  • John Allanson, Australian rugby league footballer who played for the Western Suburbs Magpies (1987-1988) and the Newcastle Knights (1989-1990)
  • Athanasius Allanson (1804-1876), English Benedictine monk, historian and Abbot of Glastonbury from 1874 to 1876
  • Rowland George Allanson Allanson -Winn (1855-1935), 5th Baron Headley, an Irish peer, born in London also known as Shaikh Rahmatullah al-Farooq, a prominent convert to Islam
  • Charles Allanson -Winn (1902-1994), 7th Baron Headley, an Irish peer
  • Rowland Allanson -Winn (1901-1969), 6th Baron Headley, an Irish peer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Allanson Motto +

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.

  1. 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)
  2. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTITUTION 1851. Retrieved on Facebook