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Origin of the ALLEN surname
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Origin of the Allen Surname
Allen: 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.
The Allen surname (spelled with an "e") is considered an English surname. In Ireland and the Hebrides, the Gaelic name MacAileain is commonly anglicised as both Allen and Allan, with and without the prefix.
The Allan surname (spelled with an "a") is associated primarily with the Scottish Clan Ranald of the McDonald Clan (i.e., Clan Donald). Additionally, it is associated with Clan MacFarlane, Clan MacKay, and Clan Grant. Sons of the Chief of Clan Grant took the surname MacAilean (Gaelic) but eventually converted that to Allan.
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