Allingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Allingham family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Allingham family

The surname Allingham was first found in Kent where they were Lords of the manor of Allingham. [2]

Early History of the Allingham family

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Allingham Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Allingham include Alingham, Allingham, Hallingham, Allighan and many more.

Early Notables of the Allingham family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Allingham family to Ireland

Some of the Allingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Allingham migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Allingham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Allingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Allingham was a fisherman of the Brandy Islands in 1869

Canada Allingham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Allingham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Allingham, from county Donegal, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1834 [3]

Australia Allingham migration to Australia +

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

Allingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Allingham 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:

Allingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward H. Allingham, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Kingston" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th December 1858 [4]
  • Mr. John Allingham, (b. 1845), aged 29, Irish ploughman from Fermanagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • Mrs. Margaret Allingham, (b. 1853), aged 21, Irish settler from Fermanagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • Miss Fannie Allingham, (b. 1872), aged 2, Irish settler from Fermanagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • Mr. William I Allingham, (b. 1873), aged 9 months, Irish settler from Fermanagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Allingham (post 1700) +

  • John Till Allingham (1799-1810), English dramatist, the son of a wine merchant in the city of London [6]
  • Margery Allingham (1904-1966), English crime writer from Ealing, London
  • Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham (1848-1926), née Paterson, English watercolour painter and illustrator of the Victorian era from Derbyshire
  • William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish man of letters and poet
  • Michael James de Grey "Mike" Allingham (b. 1965), Scottish cricketer
  • Michael Allingham (b. 1943), British economist
  • Henry Allingham (1896-2009), British supercentenarian, World War I veteran and briefly the world's oldest living man
  • Cedric Allingham (b. 1922), fictional British writer who claimed to have encountered the pilot of a Martian spacecraft; three decades later, the hoax was discovered proving Allingham did not exist


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019


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