William Allen

about 1878–
Seaham, Durham, England

The Life Summary of William

When William Allen was born about 1878, in Seaham, Durham, England, his father, James Allen, was 22 and his mother, Harriet Gotts, was 26. 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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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 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.

Possible Related Names

Allenby
Allin
Alano
Alan
Allan
Allain
Alen
Allis
Alleyne
Alling

Sources (4)

  • William Allen in household of Boaz Gotts, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • William Allen in household of James Allen, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Allen - Government record: birth-name: William Allen

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