Allen (surname)
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Allen Surname
Allen
Origin
Word/nameInsular Celtic
Meaning"little rock", "harmony" "great" and "handsome"
Region of originScotland, Ireland, England
Other names
Variant form(s)Alan, Allan, MacAllen

Allen is a Celtic surname, originating in Ireland, and common in Scotland, Wales and England. It is a variation of the surname MacAllen and may be derived from two separate sources: Ailin, in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, means both "little rock" and "harmony", or it may also be derived from the Celtic Aluinn, which means "handsome". Variant spellings include Alan, Allan, etc. The noble family of this surname, from which a branch went to Portugal, is descended of one Alanus de Buckenhall.

In Ireland, Allen is the Anglicization of the Gaelic name Ó h-Ailín.[1] Allen is the 41st most common surname in England.[2]

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  • Vic Allen (1923-2014), British Communist; trade unionist; university academic
  • Victor M. Allen (1870-1916), New York politician
  • Vince Allen (born 1955), former American-Canadian football player
  • Viola Allen (1887-1948), American silent film and theater actress
  • Viv Allen (1916-1995), Canadian ice hockey player

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References

  1. ^ "Surname Search: Allen - Surname Dictionary". The Irish Times.
  2. ^ "Allen Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2014

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