John Allen

Brief Life History of John

When John Allen was born on 6 December 1684, in Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Daniel Allen, was 37 and his mother, Mary Dexter, was 35.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Allen
1648–1689
Mary Dexter
1649–1700
Martha Allen
1671–
Mary Allen
1671–1738
Elizabeth Allen
1673–
Christian Allen
1675–1702
Thomas Allen
1676–
Sarah Allen
1678–
Daniel Allen
1680–1711
Ebenezer Allen
1682–1754
John Allen
1684–
Samuel Allen
1687–1739
Joseph Allen
1690–1754

Sources (2)

  • John Allen, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • The Allen Family-Descendents of George Allen of England and Sandwich, Massachusetts [pdf]

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English, Old French personal name Alain, Alein (Old Breton Alan), 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. From 1139 it was common in Scotland, where the surname also derives from Gaelic Ailéne, Ailín, from 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. Saint Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another Saint Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

English: occasionally perhaps from the rare Middle English femaje personal name Aline (Old French Adaline, Aaline), a pet form of ancient Germanic names in Adal-, especially Adalheidis (see Allis ).

French: variant of Allain , a cognate of 1 above, and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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