usually of english or scottish origin. anglicsed form of gaelic o haillin in offaly and tipperary. english derived from old french alain (old breton alan) means son of alan. name of welsh and breton saint. popular with bretons with william the conqueror, mostly in lincolnshire where it ranked 8th. referance to richard aleyns in the assize rolls for staffordshire in 1309. introduced into ireland during cromwell. john allen or alen (1476-1534), archbisop of dublin later lord chancellor of ireland who was assasinated by follers of lord thomas fitzgerald. from 1139 common in scotland. gaelic ailene, ailn, from ail, a rock. scottish macallen(macailin) branch of campbells who were broght to ireland as gallowlasses or professional soldiers. synonym of maccallion in donegal and derry. macellin dspt located on borders of mayo and roscommon. the fiants(chancery rolls) 1850's mention macellen,macalyn,ect. blazon of arms: gules three plates, two and one, each charged with a talbot passant sable on a chief or an anchor of the second between two lions passant counterpassant of the first. crest: a demi tiger rampant gules motto: virtus auro praeferenda trqanslation: virtue is to be preferred to gold source: the national research center.
enjoy, earle arthur allen jr. brother of joyce and linda allen. Butch546@webtv.net