Allen (surname)

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Allen
Family name
Meaning "little rock", "harmony" and "handsome"
Region of origin Scotland, Ireland, England

Allen is a Celtic surname, originating in Scotland, and common in Ireland, Wales and England. It is a variation of the surname MacAllen and may be derived from two separate sources: Ailin, in Scottish and Irish Gaelic, means both "little rock" and "harmony", or it may also be derived from the Celtic Aluinn, which means "handsome". Variant spellings include Alan, Allan, etc. The noble family of this surname, from which a branch went to Portugal, is descended of one Alanus de Buckenhall.

In Ireland, Allen is the Anglicization of the Gaelic name Ó h-Ailín.[1] Allen is the 41st most common surname in England.[2]

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  • Daevid Allen (born 1938 as Christopher David Allen), Australian musician, founder of Soft Machine and Gong
  • Damon E. Allen (1921–2009), Kentucky optometrist
  • Darina Allen (born 1951), Irish chef
  • Dayton Allen (1919–2004), American comedian and voice actor
  • Debbie Allen (born 1950), American actress and television director/producer
  • Deborah Allen (born 1953), American country music singer
  • Devere Allen (1891-1955), American pacifist political activist and writer
  • Dick Allen (born 1942), former Major League Baseball first baseman/third baseman
  • Diogenes Allen (1932–2013), American philosopher and theologian
  • Dominique Allen (born 1989), British basketball player
  • Donna Allen, American dance pop singer
  • Dwayne Allen (born 1990), American football player

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  • Larry Allen (born 1971), former American footballer
  • Lavoy Allen (born 1989), American basketball player
  • Leo Allen (born 1972), American stand-up comedian
  • Leo E. Allen (1898–1973), American politician
  • Les Allen (born 1937), English footballer
  • Lester Allen (1891–1949), American screen, stage and vaudeville actor and film director
  • Lettie Annie Allen (1901-1980), New Zealand public servant, political activist, feminist and local politician
  • Lew Allen (born 1925), former U.S. Air Force general
  • Lily Allen (born 1985), English singer-songwriter
  • Lou Allen (1924–2008), American footballer
  • Lucius Allen (born 1947), American basketball player
  • Lynn Allen, NFL player

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  • Neil Allen (born 1958), former American Major League baseball player
  • Nick Allen (1888–1939), American Major League baseball player
  • Nicky Allen (1958–1984), New Zealand rugby union player
  • Norman M. Allen (1828–1909), New York politician

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  • Omari Allen (born 1990), Montserratian cricketer
  • Orlando Allen (1803–1874), American politician—Buffalo, New York
  • Oscar K. Allen (1882–1936), Democratic governor of Louisiana (1932–36)

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  • Vic Allen (1923-2014), British Communist; trade unionist; university academic
  • Victor M. Allen (1870–1916), New York politician
  • Viola Allen (1887–1948), American silent film and theater actress
  • Viv Allen (born 1916), former Canadian ice hockey player

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  • Walter Allen (1911–1995), English literary critic
  • Woody Allen (born 1935), American film actor and director, although not his birth name

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  1. ^ The Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/surname/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Allen Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 25 January 2014