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The ancient surname Ellens came from the given name Alan, meaning little rock. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. St. Alan was a Welsh and Breton saint and was very popular among the people of those two cultures.

Ellens Early Origins



The surname Ellens was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Richmond, but following the pattern of many Norman and Breton families, junior branches of this distinguished name moved northward over the border into Scotland. They appeared to have settled in Dumbartonshire in Scotland.

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Ellens Spelling Variations


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Ellens 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 Allanson, Alanson, Allansone, Alansone, Allansoune and many more.

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Ellens Early History


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Ellens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellens research. Another 455 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1447, 1463, 1469, 1656, 1640 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Ellens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ellens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ellens Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Early immigration records have shown some of the first of the name Ellens to arrive on North American shores were:

Ellens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hen Ellens, who landed in Virginia in 1663

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ellens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ellens (post 1700)



  • John Ellens, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1932

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Motto


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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: Virtute et labore
Motto Translation: By valour and exertion.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Ellens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ellens Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 14:26.

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