Elhan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Elhan goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person or family of German heritage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Anglo-Norman-French word aleman, which means German. 
Early Origins of the Elhan family
The surname Elhan was first found in Allemagne,  now known as Fleury-sur-Orne, near Caen in Normandy. There is no clear record of the family arriving in Britain but their voyage is of no doubt.
Some of the first records of the name include listings in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Terric le Alemaund in Buckinghamshire; Henry de Alemania in Nottinghamshire; Bertram de Almannia in Lincolnshire and Robert Almene in Cambridgeshire.  John le Alemaund was listed in London in 1284. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Alman. 
Early History of the Elhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elhan research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1304, 1440, 1407, 1605, 1613, 1602, 1665, 1624, 1627, 1687, 1885, 1000, 1634, 1635, 1635, 1672, 1673, 1672, 1686 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Elhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elhan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Elhan has been recorded under many different variations, including Almayne, Alman, Allman, Almand, Hallman, Allmaine, Almon, Almand, Altman, Allman, Ellman, Dalman and many more.
Early Notables of the Elhan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Elmham (d. 1440?), English historian, Benedictine monk of St. Augustine's, Canterbury, probably a native of North Elmham in Norfolk. He was treasurer of his society in 1407, in which year he was arrested at the suit of one Henry Somerset for excessive seal in the discharge of his duties. His action seems, however, to have been subsequently affirmed. 
Dallam (spelt also Dalham, Dallum, and Dallans), the name of a family of English organ-builders in the 17th century. The eldest was employed in 1605-6 to build an organ for King's College, Cambridge, for...
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Migration of the Elhan family to Ireland
Some of the Elhan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Elhan family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Elhans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Allman who settled in Philadelphia in 1764; Simon Alman in 1709; Stephen Almand in 1749; H. Almand in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1820.
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