Allinham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Allinham is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Allinham family

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

Early History of the Allinham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allinham research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 161 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Allinham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allinham Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Allinham has been spelled many different ways, including Alingham, Allingham, Hallingham, Allighan and many more.

Early Notables of the Allinham family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Allinham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Allinham family to Ireland

Some of the Allinham 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.

Migration of the Allinham family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Allinhams to arrive in North America: 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.



  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.


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