Allen


Allen
This distinguished surname with more than fifty heraldic Coats of Arms granted to nameholders, and having several notable entries in the British 'Dictionary of National Biography', is equally widespread in England, Scotland and Ireland. It derives from the Gaelic and Breton personal name of the pre-Christian era 'Ailin' which loosely translates as 'Little rock, although it may also mean 'harmony'. The first recorded name bearer was 'Alawn', a legendary poet of the fifth century a.d., reputed to be one of the three foremost musicians of the period. From early times the spelling form has varied considerably not least in the Celtic countries where it has ranged from Eilian to Alwyn and Alleyne. The Bretons, who were originally British settlers in France, returned as invaders with William, Duke of Normandy, otherwise known as 'The Conqueror' in 1066, and in so doing it is claimed, re-introduced the name into England. Certainly 'Alanus' without a surname, is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book for the county of Suffolk. Early surname recordings include those of Roger Alain of Yorkshire in the rolls of the village of Calverly, in 1246, and Richard Aleyns of Staffordshire, in the Assize Court Rolls of 1309. Other examples are John Allen, prebendary of St Pauls Cathedral, London in 1527, whilst in 1638 another John Allen was a puritan divine, and one of the earliest settlers in the New England colonial city of Plymouth, USA. The coat of arms most associated with the surname has the blazon of a gold field, charged with three black hounds passant, the crest being an eagle rising. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey Alein, which was dated 1234, in the 'Feet of Fines' rolls of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as 'The Frenchman', 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Allen — is an English name and surname which means little rock. Variant spellings include Alan, Allan, etc. The noble family of this surname, from which a branch went to Portugal, is descended of one Alanus de Buckenhall.Allen may refer to: People* Allen …   Wikipedia

  • Allen — Allen, NE U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 411 Housing Units (2000): 180 Land area (2000): 0.374826 sq. miles (0.970795 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.374826 sq. miles (0.970795 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Allen — allén (ant.) adv. Allende. * * * allén. adv. l. p. us. allende (ǁ de la parte de allá). * * * Allen, Woody * * * (as used in expressions) Allen, Ethan Allen, Richa …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • ALLEN (W.) — ALLEN WOODY (1935 ) Quoi de commun entre Take the Money and Run (Prends l’oseille et tire toi , 1969) ou Bananas (1971) et Interiors (Intérieurs , 1978), Manhattan (1979), voire Hannah and Her Sisters (Hannah et ses sœurs , 1986), September… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Allen [1] — Allen (spr. Ällen), 1) (Bough of A.), mehrere Hundert QM. große, 200–220 F. über mm Meer liegende Reihe von Morästen, in der Grafschaft Kildare (Irland), sie sind von einander getrennt durch einzelne cultivirte Streifen, im Frühjahr u. Herbst mit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Allen, KS — U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 211 Housing Units (2000): 93 Land area (2000): 0.274484 sq. miles (0.710909 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.274484 sq. miles (0.710909 sq. km) FIPS code:… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Allen, KY — U.S. city in Kentucky Population (2000): 150 Housing Units (2000): 76 Land area (2000): 0.215073 sq. miles (0.557037 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.215073 sq. miles (0.557037 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Allen, MI — U.S. village in Michigan Population (2000): 225 Housing Units (2000): 93 Land area (2000): 0.152990 sq. miles (0.396243 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.152990 sq. miles (0.396243 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Allen, NE — U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 411 Housing Units (2000): 180 Land area (2000): 0.374826 sq. miles (0.970795 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.374826 sq. miles (0.970795 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Allen, OK — U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 951 Housing Units (2000): 445 Land area (2000): 0.912569 sq. miles (2.363542 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.912569 sq. miles (2.363542 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places