Show ContentsAlleyne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name of the Alleyne 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 Alleyne family

The surname Alleyne 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 Alleyne family

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Alleyne 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 Alleyne family

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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Alleyne Ranking

In the United States, the name Alleyne is the 5,515th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 3

Ireland Migration of the Alleyne family to Ireland

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

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

Alleyne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Alleyne, who landed in Massachusetts in 1639 4
  • Rebecca Alleyne, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 4

New Zealand Alleyne 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:

Alleyne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Alleyne, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Easby" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 18th September 1874 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Alleyne (post 1700) +

  • Shagari Alleyne (b. 1984), nicknamed "Skyscraper," an American NBA basketball center who played for the Harlem Globetrotters (2008-2009)
  • Thyra Blanche Alleyne (1875-1954), English academic, one of the first women to graduate from Durham University
  • Mark Wayne Alleyne MBE (b. 1968), English all-round cricketer
  • Mabel Charlotte Alleyne (1896-1961), English wood engraver
  • David Alleyne (b. 1976), English cricketer
  • Sonita Alleyne OBE FRSA (b. 1968), Barbadian-born, British co-founder and former CEO of Somethin’ Else
  • Mervyn Coleridge Alleyne (b. 1933), Trinidadian sociolinguist, creolist and dialectologist
  • Kerry Alleyne (b. 1983), Dominican former international footballer
  • Hartley Leroy Alleyne (b. 1957), former Barbadian cricketer
  • Sir George Alleyne (b. 1932), Barbadian academic and diplomat, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region 2003-2010
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  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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook