Allen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name of the Allen family is 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.

Early Origins of the Allen family

The surname Allen 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]

Alain de Lille (1114-1203), was "one of the most illustrious scholars of his age, and for his attainments in theology, philosophy, history, poetry, and natural science, acquired the designation of 'Doctor universalis.' His nationality has not been ascertained with unquestioned accuracy. " [2]

Alan of Beccles (d. 1240) was official secretary to Bishops Pandulf and Thomas de Blundeville of Norwich between the years 1218 and 1236 and Alan of Tewkesbury, was a writer of the twelfth century, according to the express statement of Gervase of Canterbury, an Englishman by descent. [2]

Early History of the Allen family

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Allen Spelling Variations

Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. 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. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, 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.

Early Notables of the Allen family (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 Dedham, Massachusetts; Thomas Allen (1608-1673) English nonconformist minister and divine from Norwich; Richard Alleine (1610-1681), an English Puritan divine; Sir Thomas Allin, 1st Baronet (1612-1685), an officer of the Royal Navy; William Alleine (1614-1677), an English minister; John Alleyn or Allen (1621-1663), Cornish politician, MP for St Michael, Cornwall in...
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Ireland Migration of the Allen family to Ireland

Some of the Allen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Allen migration to the United States +

Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Allen:

Allen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [3]
  • Mr. Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • William Allen, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623 [3]
  • William Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • William Allen, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1624 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Allen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Allen, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1701 [3]
  • Eliza Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • James Allen, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [3]
  • Samuel Allen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1702 [3]
  • William Allen, who landed in South Carolina in 1702 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Allen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isabella Allen, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Thomas Allen, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • James Allen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1805 [3]
  • John Allen, who arrived in America in 1805 [3]
  • Thomas Allen, who arrived in America in 1805 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Allen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Richard Allen, who landed in Alabama in 1918 [3]

Canada Allen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Allen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Allen, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Allen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Allen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Allen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Allen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Allen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Allen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Timothy Allen, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • John Allen, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • M. Allen, aged 22, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Thomas Allen, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
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Australia Allen migration to Australia +

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

Allen Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Allen, (b. 1772), aged 26, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
Allen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Allen, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Allen, British Convict who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Miss Ann Allen, British Convict who was convicted in Derby, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Allen, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Miss Mary Allen, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
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New Zealand Allen 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:

Allen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Allen, who landed in Waipa, Auckland, New Zealand in 1804
  • Mr. Allen, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Bee" arriving in New Zealand in 1839 [7]
  • Thomas Allen, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • W Allen, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • William Allen, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
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Contemporary Notables of the name Allen (post 1700) +

  • Lloyd Patrick Allen (1961-2021), American professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Houston Oilers (1984–1990)
  • Mildred Allen (1929-2021), American operatic soprano who had an active career during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Joe Allen (1934-2021), American founder Joe Allen, a restaurant known as Broadway meeting place for working actors, theater staff and fans
  • Clarence Roderic Allen (1925-2021), American geologist who studied seismology
  • Richard Anthony "Dick" Allen (1942-2020), American Major League Baseball player who played in 15 seasons
  • Rance Allen (1948-2020), American Bishop, Minister, and gospel musician, and the founder and leader of the Rance Allen Group
  • Sonny Allen (1936-2020), American college head coach at Old Dominion University from 1965 to 1975;
  • Raymond Gilmore Allen (1929-2020), American television actor
  • Frances Elizabeth "Fran" Allen (1932-2020), American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers, first female IBM Fellow and in 2006 became the first woman to win the Turing Award
  • Marty Allen (1922-2018), born Morton David Alpern, an American comedian, actor, on half of the duo comedy team Allen & Rossi, active from 1957 until 1968; they appeared on over 700 television shows
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Mr. Otis Lamar Allen (d. 1996), from Mariette, Georgia, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 with his son Ashton Allen from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [8]
  • Mr. Ashton Lamar Allen (1981-1996), from Mariette, Georgia, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 with his dad Otis Lamar Allen from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [8]
Fraterville mine
  • Mr. Robert H. Allen, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Allen (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mrs. Amy A  Allen (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [10]
  • Mr. John Robert  Allen (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Ms. Georgina Allen (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Miss Elsie  Allen (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Walter William Brereton Allen (d. 1945), British Leading Stoker aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William E S Allen (b. 1916), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. John G Allen (b. 1907), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. James E Allen (b. 1904), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Edward B Allen (b. 1919), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from North Kensington, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Charles W Allen (b. 1919), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Godstone, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Royston Frederick Allen, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Herbert James Allen (b. 1920), English Marine from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard HMS Anking and was lost in 1942 [13]
  • Mr. Graeme Philip Allen, British Midshipman Royal Indian Navy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter [13]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William K Allen, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Jack Allen (b. 1915), English Leading Seaman from Undercliffe, Bradford, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Percy Leo Allen (1912-1939), born in Poole, Dorset, England, British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
  • Arthur Frederick Allen (1920-1939), born in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England, British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. William Allen (b. 1849), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Allen, American 2nd Class passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Norman Frederick Allen, English Second Waiter from Hurst Pier Point, Sussex, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Miss Dorothy Ditman Allen, American 1st Class Passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA going to Liverpool, England as maid to the Crompton family, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Spencer Allen (1876-1912), aged 36, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Shirley, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
  • Henry Allen (1882-1912), aged 32, English fireman aboard the RMS Titanic who died in the sinking, he was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (No. 177) and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912 [18]
  • Mr. George Allen (1886-1912), aged 26, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Ernest Frederick Allen (1888-1968), aged 24, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking, he died in 1968 [18]
  • Mr. Frederick Allen (d. 1912), aged 17, English Lift Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
SS Caribou
  • Miss Constance Melina Allen (b. 1941), British from Big Tancook Island, Lunenburgh, Nova Scotia was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, she died in the sinking
  • Miss Carol Anne Allen (b. 1939), British from Big Tancook Island, Lunenburgh, Nova Scotia was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, she died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Oda Blanche Allen (b. 1916), British passenger from Big Tancook Island, Lunenburgh, Nova Scotia was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, she died in the sinking
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Lee Allen, American Shipfitter Third Class from Oregon, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. William Clayborn Allen, American Electrician's Mate First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. William Lewis Allen, American Storekeeper Second Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]


Suggested Readings for the name Allen +

  • The Allen Family: Descendants of John and Amy Cox Allen with Allied Lines by Lester M. Allen.
  • Allen and Allied Families by Dorris Allen O'Neal Dunn.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Britannia
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-cornwallis
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  9. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20120603025705/http://www.crosskeys.me.uk/history/prince.htm
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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