Show ContentsAllaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Allaway family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Allaway family lived in Aberdeen but originally from Clackmannan. The name may be derived from the Gaelic alla which means wild and mhagh which means field.

Early Origins of the Allaway family

The surname Allaway was first found in the county of Clackmannanshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chlach Mhannainn), nicknamed the "wee county," it is the smallest Council Area of Scotland, located in southeastern Scotland. According to Black, the most likely source of their origin was Alloa in the Aberdeen area. [1]

The first recorded spelling of the name was Alleway, about the year 1359. Alloway is a former Scottish village that is now a suburb of Ayr, best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for his poem "Tam o' Shanter." In North America, the word Alloway is a Delaware Indian term meaning "beautiful tail" and refers to the black fox.

Early History of the Allaway family

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Allaway Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Allaway has been written Alloway, Alleway, Aloveious, Alloweious, Allaway, Alliway, Alloway, Aloway, Alaway, Aleway, Alewy, Alloways, Allawy, Aylwey and many more.

Early Notables of the Allaway family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Allaway family to Ireland

Some of the Allaway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Allaway migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Allaway:

Allaway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Allaway, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
Allaway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Allaway, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1864 [2]

New Zealand Allaway migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Allaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Allaway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863 [3]
  • Elizabeth Allaway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863 [3]
  • Sarah Ann Allaway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863 [3]
  • Miss Ellen M Allaway, (b. 1853), aged 22, English servant from Wiltshrie travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Allaway (post 1700) +

  • Mark Allaway, American musician, known for Admission (2013), Kirstie's Fill Your House for Free and The Last Laugh (2010)
  • Lauren Allaway, American assistant director, known for Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) and Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part Two (2024)
  • Kevan Allaway, American producer, known for Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie (2013)
  • Kamell Allaway, American producer, known for Sea Horse (2013), Boo (2011) and P.A.F.F. (2006)
  • Edna Woolman Allaway (1877-1957), birth name of Edna Woolman Chase, an American who served as editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine from 1914 to 1952
  • Percy Allaway, prominent British corporate executive

The Allaway 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: Dei dono sum quod sum
Motto Translation: By the bounty of God I am what I am.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. 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)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook