Allyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Allyn began when it was derived from the given name Alan, which is thought to mean "little rock" or "headstone." The name was popular among the Breton followers of William the Conqueror due to St. Alan, a 5th-century bishop from Quimper, Brittany; during the Middle Ages, parents often named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
Early Origins of the Allyn family
The surname Allyn was first found in the lands of Shropshire, where Walter FitzAlan of Brittany held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The parish of Mileham, Norfolk is of early significance to the family. "This place, at the time of the Conquest, was given to Alan, son of Flaald, and ancestor of the Fitz-Alans, earls of Arundel, who erected a strong castle here, of which some vestiges may still be traced, within the area of an intrenchment of twelve acres; the site of the keep is pointed out by an inner intrenchment by which it was surrounded." 
Alain de Lille (1114-1203), was "one of the most illustrious scholars of his age, and for his attainments in theology, philosophy, history, poetry, and natural science, acquired the designation of 'Doctor universalis.' His nationality has not been ascertained with unquestioned accuracy. " 
Alan of Beccles (d. 1240) was official secretary to Bishops Pandulf and Thomas de Blundeville of Norwich between the years 1218 and 1236 and Alan of Tewkesbury, was a writer of the twelfth century, according to the express statement of Gervase of Canterbury, an Englishman by descent. 
Early History of the Allyn family
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Allyn Spelling Variations
There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Alan, Allan, Allen, Alleyn, Allayne, Allaine, Allain, Allanach, Allanshaw, MacAllan and many more.
Early Notables of the Allyn family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was William Allen (1532-1594), an English prelate; Francis Allen (ca.1583-1658), an English financier, politician and regicide who sided with parliament in the civil War against Charles I; John Allen, or John Allin (1596-1671) English settler America in 1637-38, one of the founders of Dedham, Massachusetts; Thomas Allen (1608-1673) English nonconformist minister and divine from Norwich; Richard Alleine (1610-1681), an English Puritan divine; Sir Thomas Allin, 1st Baronet (1612-1685), an officer of the Royal Navy; William Alleine (1614-1677), an English minister; John Alleyn or Allen (1621-1663), Cornish politician, MP for St Michael, Cornwall in...
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Migration of the Allyn family to Ireland
Some of the Allyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Allyn migration to the United States +
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Allyn arrived in North America very early:
Allyn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Inez Allyn, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1894
Allyn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Dorothy Allyn, who landed in America, in 1903
- John Allyn, aged 62, who landed in America, in 1906
- G.W. Allyn, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
- H. B. Allyn, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1907
- Alice C. Allyn, aged 57, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Allyn (post 1700) +
- Joseph Pratt Allyn (1833-1869), American jurist and journalist in Arizona
- Pam Allyn (b. 1963), American literacy expert and author
- Rob Allyn (b. 1959), American New York Times best-selling author, film producer and screenwriter
- William Noah Allyn, American co-founder of Welch Allyn, a manufacturer of medical diagnostic devices in 1915
- David Allyn Ph.D. (b. 1969), American Director of Education for New Jersey SEEDS
- Arthur Allyn Jr. (1913-1985), American co-owner of the Chicago White Sox (1961 to 1969)
- John Allyn (1917-1979), American co-owner of the Chicago White Sox (1961 to 1969)
- Mr. William Allyn, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1476 to 1477
- W. Allyn Rickett (1921-2020), American historian, Professor Emeritus of Chinese and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
- Wayne Allyn Root (b. 1961), American Libertarian politician, sports reporter, radio and television host and anchorman, Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2008
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print