name Allyson comes from the pet-name "Alice" as in "the son of Alice." One source claims that name was in fact, Norman having derived from "Bernard de Alençon who held several lordships from Hervey de Bourges, Suffolk
, belonged to the family of the Counts of Alençon, descended from Ivo or Belesme, c. 940. " CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The phonetic resemblance of the name Alençon and the name Allyson is apparent, but no other sources confirmed this ancient heritage. Of note was Alisoun (Alison) who appears in Chaucer's "Miller's Tale" c. 1386, as John's younger wife. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Allyson family
The surname Allyson was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain. Some of the earliest listing include those listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273: Richard filius
Alice in Oxfordshire; Nicholas filius Alicie in Cambridgeshire; and Isabel filius Alice in Oxfordshire
. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls list Johannes Alysson in 1379. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Allyson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allyson research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1617, 1618, 1618, 1510, 1600, 1536, 1332, 1455, 1487, 1560 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Allyson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Allyson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Allyson were recorded, including Allyson, Allison, Allisson, Allysson, Alesson and many more.
Early Notables of the Allyson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allyson family to Ireland
Some of the Allyson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Allyson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Allyson family emigrate to North America:
Allyson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Sarah Allyson who settled in Virginia in 1656
- George Allyson who settled in Virginia in 1662
Contemporary Notables of the name Allyson (post 1700)
- June Allyson, Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s
- Karrin Allyson, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist for Concord Records