Allen Family History

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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

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

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Allen Family Origin

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Allen Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Allen family was Student. The most common Allen occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Allen's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Allen.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Student


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Allen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Allen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Allen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 291,000 immigration records available for the last name Allen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 579,000 military records available for the last name Allen. For the veterans among your Allen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Allen Life Expectancy

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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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