What does the name Allen mean?
The Allen surname is believed to be patronymic, referring to those who are the son or descendant of Alan or Allen (a common forename from the Norman era). Allen is a mostly English and Scottish surname, with Celtic roots. It can sometimes refer to someone who is from or near an Allen (green plain) or the river Allen, of which there are several.
The earliest occurrence of the Allen surname in our family history documents is from 1395, and we currently have 4,274,160 records where Allen appears.
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Typical jobs for Allens
Hard-working people, the Allens. 3209 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Allens lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Allen in London.
Allens’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Allens were angels, apparently. We found 4586 in criminal records.
Allens in World War I
According to the World War I records, 5256 Allens served in the First World War.