The history of the name Allenay began when it was derived from the given name Alan, meaning little rock
surnames arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. St. Alan was a Welsh
saint and was very popular among the people of those two cultures.
Early Origins of the Allenay family
The surname Allenay 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
Early History of the Allenay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allenay research.Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1447, 1463, 1469, 1656, 1640, 1653 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Allenay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Allenay Spelling Variations
There are many spelling variations
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 Allanson, Alanson, Allansone, Alansone, Allansoune and many more.
Early Notables of the Allenay family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Alexander Allanson, Chaplain of Edinburgh; and Sir William Allanson (died 1656), an English merchant draper and politician who sat... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allenay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Allenay family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Allenay arrived in North America very early: John Allanson settled in Georgia in 1733.
The Allenay 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.
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