The following pages of Allan information were compiled over many years by Blake Allan. It was originally posted on his website but sadly he died in March 2009 and consequently his website went down. I thought it was a shame that all his research was no longer available so I have obtained it and have posted it here for everyone to enjoy. Many thanks to Blake’s daughter for allowing me to do so and his ‘tech expert’ and friend, John Carruthers, who has kindly helped me as well.
Allans Around the World
This interesting name ALLAN with variations is of Celtic origin, and derives from a personal name of great antiquity. The name Alan, is thought to derive from the Gaelic “ailin”, little rock, a diminutive of “ail”, rock, and was introduced into England and later to Ireland by the Breton followers of William the Conqueror after 1066, among whom it was a very popular given name. One man in particular is credited with being the first of the name into England; Alan Fergeant, Count of Brittany and a companion of the Conqueror, and later first Earl of Richmond in Yorkshire. The personal name is recorded in its Latinized form of “Alanus” in the Domesday Book of 1086, although the surname is not recorded until the first half of the13th Century (see below). The modern surname can be found in a variety of forms, including: Allen, Alen, Alleyn, Alleyne, Allain, Alan, Allan, Allin, Allon, Allans and FitzAlan. Recordings from London Church Registers include the christening of William Alleyne at St. Mary’s, Whitechapel, on December 30th 1606. 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 of Cambridgeshire”, during the reign of King Henry III, 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.
If you follow the line back the Allans are related to the famous Scottish Poet, Robert Burns, as James Allan’s wife was Jean Brown, sister of Burns’s mother.
Would you like to find new cousins you were not aware of, share genealogical information with them, find a common grandfather you both share, break through your Allan/Allen brick wall and find even more direct line Allan/Allen ancestors, find your Allan/Allen ancestor who came from the British Isles, and maybe more?
Then try using the latest cutting edge genealogical research tool – DNA testing. There have been many success stories of people who have done all the above.
At Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), there are now over 154,886 records. In the Allan/Allen Family Project Group (A/AFGP), we have over 120 records and there are over 220 Allan’s/Allen’s in total who have submitted DNA.
The process of collecting DNA is simple, involves two cheek swabs which are sent back to FTDNA. It takes about 6 weeks for the analyses to be completed.
When FTDNA receives your DNA samples, you will be given a personal page. After your DNA analyses is complete, you will see DNA matches, perhaps not all Allan’s or Allen’s, but there will be some Allan’s/Allen/s. From there you can continue your research with the help of your new cousins.
Your DNA information is no one’s business but yours. Also, the DNA that is used for Genealogical purposes is junk DNA which means it reveals nothing about health issues, parentry, etc, just the DNA markers that have been passed down from father to son(s) for thousands of years with very little change.
Try DNA Genealogical testing, you will be very happy you did.
Dick Allen, Administrator, Allan/Allen Family Group Project
Tammy Valdez, Co-Administrator, Allan/Allen Family Group Project (A/AFGP)
This website contains an alphabetical index of people with the surname Allan. The names have been extracted from various old newspapers and numerous other sources. Sources end of each note: G = Toronto Globe. I hope the names on this site, collected over many years, will help someone.