The ancient surname Ehlen came 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 Ehlen family
The surname Ehlen 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Ehlen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ehlen research.Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1532, 1594, 1583, 1658, 1596, 1671, 1637, 1608, 1673, 1610, 1681, 1612, 1685, 1614, 1677, 1621, 1663, 1660, 1677, 1686, 1677, 1686, 1694, 1764, 1635, 1705, 1692, 1700, 1661, 1726 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Ehlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ehlen Spelling Variations
Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton
surnames have many spelling variations
. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. 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. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
after the Norman Conquest
, 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 Ehlen 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... Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ehlen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ehlen family to Ireland
Some of the Ehlen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 161 words (12 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 Ehlen family to the New World and Oceana
Early immigration records have shown some of the first of the name Ehlen to arrive on North American shores were:
Ehlen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hans Ehlen, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Ehlen (post 1700)
- Michelle Ehlen, American filmmaker and comedic actress
- Nikolaus Ehlen (1886-1965), German pacifist teacher
- Margriet Ehlen (b. 1943), Dutch poet and a composer and conductor