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First name origin & meaning:

Gaelic: Handsome

First name variations: Allen, Alain, Alun, Allon, Alan

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Scottish and northern English: variant spelling of Allen. This is the more common spelling of the name in Scotland and northern England; in Scotland it is often found as an English form of the Gaelic name McAllen (see McAllan).
  2. One early bearer of this name in North America was William Allan, a British soldier who took his family to the newly founded city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1749. His son John (1746–1805) was a Revolutionary soldier who eventually (1783) founded the settlement of Allan’s Island, Passamaquoddy Bay, ME.
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