Ralph Allen

about 1939–2003 (Age 64)
New Zealand

The Life of Ralph

Ralph Allen was born about 1939, in New Zealand. He died in 2003, in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand, at the age of 64.

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World Events (3)

1939

Age 0

WWII. Troops from New Zealand see action in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.
1943 · Eleanor Roosevelt Visits During War

Age 4

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt visited New Zealand during the calmer years of World War II in the Pacific. It was the first time that a first lady of the United States had visited the country alone without their husband. 
1947

Age 8

New Zealand gains full independence from Britain.

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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