Allison Surname History

The ancestors of the Allison family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from 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 Allison family

The surname Allison 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 Allison family

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Allison Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Allison has been spelled Allison, Alison, Alinson, Allinson, McAllister, MacAllister, Ellison and many more.

Early Notables of the Allison family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Allison family to Ireland

Some of the Allison 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 Allison migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Allison were among those contributors:

Allison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Allison who settled in Boston in 1644
Allison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andrew Allison who settled in Philadelphia in 1750 with his two brothers named James and Robert
  • William Allison who settled in Pennsylvania in 1764 and was one of the first to examine political strategy
  • Jean Allison who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1775
  • Archibald Allison, who arrived in North Carolina in 1776 [2]
Allison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Duffin Allison, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • John Allison approved the constitution on behalf of Pennsylvania, and Francis Allison, a great classical scholar had a conspicuous role in educating the American mind to the thought of independence
  • Elihu Allison, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [2]
  • Andrew Allison, who landed in Mississippi in 1845 [2]
  • Charles Allison, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Allison migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Allison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Allison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Allison, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Washington" departing 9th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 26th August 1847 but he died on board [4]

Australia Allison migration to Australia +

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

Allison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Allison (alias Miller), Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Joseph Allison, Sr., British Convict who was convicted in Cumberland, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Joseph Allison, Jr., British Convict who was convicted in Cumberland, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Thomas Allison, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • James W. Allison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849 [8]

New Zealand Allison 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:

Allison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • C Allison, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Allison, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Brilliant" arriving in New Zealand in 1841 [9]
  • James Allison, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Allison, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Margaret Allison, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Allison (post 1700) +

  • Mose John Allison (1927-2016), Jr. was an American jazz blues pianist, singer and songwriter
  • Winfield Scott Allison, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1908 [10]
  • William H. Allison Jr., American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1972 [10]
  • William N. Allison, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Hancock County, 1972 [10]
  • William Francis Allison (1892-1945), American politician, Delegate to Montana convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [10]
  • William F. Allison, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Guantanamo, 1884 [10]
  • William Boyd Allison (1829-1908), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860, 1904;U.S. Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1863-71; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1873-1908; Candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1888, 1896 [10]
  • William Allison, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1782-86; Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County, 1794-95 [10]
  • Vivian Allison, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1969 [10]
  • Tomilea Allison, American politician, Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana, 1983-95 [10]
  • ... (Another 81 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Jean M.  Allison (1875-1917), Canadian Teacher at School for Blind from Chocolate Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [11]
  • Mr. James B.  Allison (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Mr. Brenton  Allison (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Three Mile Plains, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
HMAS Sydney II
RMS Titanic
  • Master Hudson Trevor Allison, aged 11 mths, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 11, the only survivor of the family [13]
  • Miss Helen Loraine Allison (d. 1912), aged 2, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison (d. 1912), aged 30, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [13]
  • Mrs. Bessie Waldo Allison (d. 1912), (née Daniels,) aged 25, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Andrew K. Allison, American Fireman First Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. J. T. Allison, American Fireman First Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [14]


Suggested Readings for the name Allison +

  • 571 "Early Osbornes and Alleys" by Rita Kennedy Sutton, "Allison, Dewees, Johnson, Scruggs and Other Related Families" by Judith Allison Walters.

  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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 64)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASIATIC 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Asiatic.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  14. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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