Allsup History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Allsup is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Alsopenledale, a chapelry in the parish of Ashbourne, in the county of Derbyshire.

Early Origins of the Allsup family

The surname Allsup was first found in the county of Derbyshire in the midland of England where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Their name was recorded in the Domesday Book, [1] a census taken by King William in 1086. At this time the name was spelt Elleshope. In 1175 Gamel Allsopp was recorded as having estates in or about the village of Alsop, in Derbyshire.

Early History of the Allsup family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allsup research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1752, 1630, 1703, 1726, 1696, 1706 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Allsup History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allsup 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. Allsup has been spelled many different ways, including Allsopp, Allsop, Alsopp, Alsop, Elleshope and others.

Early Notables of the Allsup family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Vincent Alsop (ca. 1630-1703), an English Nonconformist clergyman. Anthony Alsop (d. 1726), was an English poetical writer, educated at Westminster and Christ Church...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allsup Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Allsup migration to the United States +

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 Allsups to arrive in North America:

Allsup Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Olive Mary Allsup, aged 33, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
  • Arthur Allsup, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Chorley, England, in 1920
  • Ethel Allsup, aged 32, who landed in America from Blackburn, England, in 1921
  • Annie Allsup, aged 23, who settled in America from Blackburn, England, in 1922
  • Percy Allsup, aged 24, who landed in America from Blackburn, England, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Allsup (post 1700) +

  • Tommy Allsup (1931-2017), American musician who won a coin flip with Ritchie Valens on February 2, 1959 that saved his life
  • Clifford C. Allsup, American Aviation Machinist's Mate, U.S. Navy, eponym of Mount Allsup, Antarctica
  • Michael Rand Allsup (b. 1947), American guitarist, best known for his work with Three Dog Night


The Allsup Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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