Allison (surname)

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Family name
Region of origin Scotland, England
Related names Allison, Alison, Alinson, Allinson, McAllister, MacAllister, Ellison[1]

Allison is a surname of English and Scottish origin.[2][3]

When used as a given name it is traditionally masculine,[2] as opposed to the feminine name Alison.

Alison, variant form Alizon, is a surname of French origin.[4]


The earliest recording of the surname in found in England from 1248, when a "William Alisun" is recorded in the Documents of the Abbey of Bee in Buckinghamshire. In Scotland, the earliest record dates from 1296, when "Patrick Alissone, Count of Berwick" paid homage to the ruling council of Scotland in the absence of a proclaimed king.[1]

Other possible derivations include from the region of Alençon in Normandy, and as a patronymic, meaning 'son of Ellis' (or Alice).

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  1. ^ a b "Allison Family Crest and History". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  2. ^ a b Allison - Name Meaning and Origin
  3. ^ "Surname Database: Allison Last Name Origin". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  4. ^ Albert Dauzat, Noms et prénoms de France, Librairie Larousse 1980, édition revue et commentée par Marie-Thérèse Morlet. p. 6a.