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Allen Name Meaning
English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Allen Families

  • Number of Allen families
     2,694 - 5,385
     899 - 2,693
     1 - 898
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Allen families
     5,096 - 10,190
     1,699 - 5,095
     1 - 1,698
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Allen families
     122 - 242
     41 - 121
     1 - 40
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Allen Family Origin

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Allen Immigration Information

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Allen Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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