William Allen

about 1878–
Seaham, Durham, England

The Life of William

When William Allen was born about 1878, in Seaham, Durham, England, his father, James Allen, was 20 and his mother, Harriet Gotts, was 24. He lived in Seaham Harbour, Durham, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years and Seaham, Durham, England, United Kingdom in 1911.

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Parents and Siblings

    James Allen

    Male1858–1929Male

    Harriet Gotts

    Female1854–1883Female

siblings

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World Events (8)

1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 2

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.
1884

Age 6

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1914

Age 36

Outbreak of World War I. UK enters hostilities against Germany. Grueling trench warfare in Belgium and France.

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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Sources (3)

  • William Allen in household of Boaz Gotts, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • William Allen in household of James Allen, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • William Allen in household of Thomas Boaz Allen, "England and Wales Census, 1911"

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