Allis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Allis was first brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is matronymic in origin, deriving from the name of the mother of the original bearer. This name is derived from the Old French personal names "Aalis" or "Aliz," which are diminutives of the Old Germanic "Adalhaidis," meaning "noble person."

Early Origins of the Allis family

The surname Allis was first found in the northeastern counties of England, where it occurred fairly frequently as a personal name in the years immediately following the Norman Conquest. The first known bearer of the surname was Willelmus filius Alis, who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Bedfordshire in 1214.

Important Dates for the Allis family

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Allis Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Alis, Alise, Allies, Allis, Alliss, Allish, Alais, Hallis and many more.

Early Notables of the Allis family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Allis family to Ireland

Some of the Allis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allis migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Allis or a variant listed above:

Allis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Allis, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • Richard Allis, who landed in America in 1632 [1]
  • John Allis, aged 23, who arrived in St Christopher in 1634 [1]
  • Tho Allis, aged 33, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Margtt Allis, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Allis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Allis, aged 30, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Nicholas Allis, aged 2, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Henry Allis, aged 12, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Barbary Allis, aged 5, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Jacinto Allis, aged 20, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1823 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Allis (post 1700)

  • William Phelps Allis (1901-1999), American theoretical physicist specializing in electrical discharges in gases, co-founder of Allis-Chalmers
  • Oswald Thompson Allis (1880-1973), American theologian
  • Louis Allis (1916-1994), American industrialist and Wisconsin Secretary of State
  • John Allis (b. 1942), American cyclist, United States National Road Race Champion (1974)
  • Charles David Allis (b. 1951), American molecular biologist

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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