Allinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Allinson is the name for the son of "Ellis" or Ellis' son. Conversely, the surname could be is derived from "Alice" as in "the son of Alice." It is likely though that the name was derived from "Ellis" rather than the female personal name. [1]

Early Origins of the Allinson family

The surname Allinson was first found in the county of Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they acquired some time before 1300 the territories of their family seat at Loupe. They were descended from Angus Mor MacDonnell, Lord of the Isles, their Gaelic name was MacAllister, and it is difficult through history to distinguish one name from the other.

Early History of the Allinson family

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Allinson Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Allinson has appeared as Allison, Alison, Alinson, Allinson, McAllister, MacAllister, Ellison and many more.

Early Notables of the Allinson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Allinson family to Ireland

Some of the Allinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 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 Allinson migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Allinson were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Allinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Allinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • William Allinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • William Allinson, aged 25, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Robert Allinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1687 [2]
Allinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Allinson, aged 16, who landed in New York, NY in 1774 [2]
  • Thomas Allinson, who landed in Barbados in 1791 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Allinson (post 1700) +

  • Michael Allinson (1920-2010), British-American stage and film actor, from London
  • Lloyd James Allinson (b. 1993), English professional footballer
  • Richard John McNeill Allinson (b. 1958), English broadcaster with Magic 105.4 FM
  • Thomas Richard Allinson (1858-1918), British physician, dietetic reformer, businessman and journalist, an early proponent of wholemeal (whole grain) bread consumption, founder and namesake of Allinson is a brand of bread and of flour made by Allied Bakeries
  • Adrian Allinson (1890-1959), British painter, potter and engraver known for his landscapes of Southern Europe and North Africa
  • Ian James Robert Allinson (b. 1957), English football manager and former player, current manager of St Albans City

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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) on Facebook
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