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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  • Farmer

    33%
  • School

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Student

    3%

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

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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