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Allen Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English Old French personal name Alain Alein (Old Breton Alan) 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. From 1139 it was common in Scotland where the surname also derives from Gaelic Ailéne Ailín from 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. Saint Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another Saint Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated. English: occasionally perhaps from the rare Middle English femaje personal name Aline (Old French Adaline Aaline) a pet form of ancient Germanic names in Adal- especially Adalheidis (see Allis ). French: variant of Allain a cognate of 1 above and in North America (also) an altered form of this.

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


Similar surnames: Allan, Ellen, Almen, Allyn, Alden, Allman, Alley, Kallen, Arlen

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You can see how Allen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Allen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Allen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 1,573 Allen families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Allen's in USA. New York had the highest population of Allen families in 1840.
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What did your Allen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Allen. 16% of Allen men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Allen women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Allen were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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What is the average Allen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Allen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Allen in 1940 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

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