Allihan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Allihan has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the place named Allingham, which was in Kent. Allingham is a compound name, composed of the Old English elements Alling, which means holly, and ham, which means homestead. Thus, Allingham means holly homestead. 
Early Origins of the Allihan family
The surname Allihan was first found in Kent where they were Lords of the manor of Allingham. 
Early History of the Allihan family
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Allihan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Allihan have been found, including Alingham, Allingham, Hallingham, Allighan and many more.
Early Notables of the Allihan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allihan family to Ireland
Some of the Allihan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Allihan family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Allihan, or a variant listed above: Walter Alinham who settled in Barbados in 1704. In Newfoundland, James Allingham, from County Donegal, settled in St. John's in 1834; William Allingham was a fisherman of the Brandy Islands in 1869.
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- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.