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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  • 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. ^ "Surname Search: Allen – Surname Dictionary". The Irish Times. 
  2. ^ "Allen Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 25 January 2014