Saturday, January 12, 2013

Surname Saturday~Allen

 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. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137.

 My Maternal Great Great Great Grandfather: William Allen 1828-?Born abt. 1828 in England, I have no information about him other than he was a Mason, this information was recorded on my GG Grandfathers Marriage record.
My Maternal  Great Great Grandfather, William Allen  1853-? was born abt. 1853 in Westminster, England. William Allen married Mary Ann Christian at Saint Michale's And All Angels Church in Bromley on the 7th of October 1877. His occupation was a Slate sander. I believe William died between 1904 and 1911.

My  maternal Great Grandmother Alice Mary Allen  1885- 1928 : The youngest child of William Allen and Mary Ann Christian, born on the 20th of April 1885 in Bromley By Bow. The earliest record I have for Alice is a school admissions record dated Oct 27, 1890, it was this wonderful record that finally gave me her date of birth as I have not been able to locate a baptism or birth record for her. She attended Bow High Street School in Tower Hamlets. Alice married Daniel Cocklin in 1904, they remained in England until 1913 at which time they sailed for Canada with their children. When Daniel died in 1919, Alice returned to England for a year and then return to Canada. In 1924 She married James Mason and they had one child, she died in 1928 at the age of 43.

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