Robert Allen

28 October 1660–
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Robert

When Robert Allen was christened on 28 October 1660, in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Abraham Allen, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, was 32.

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Abraham Allen
1622–1673
Elizabeth Jackson
1628–
John Allen
1657–
Richard Allen
1670–1708
Peter Allen
1660–
Robert Allen
1660–
Elizabeth Allen
1664–

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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 © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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