Allen Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

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List of People with Surname Allen

Based on our public records, there are a total of 289,537 people with the surname Allen. Among these people surnamed Allen, there are approximately 6,895 distinct names, with an average of 41 people who share the same name. Brian Allen, Barbara Allen and Larry Allen are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Allen, with 1,315, 1,288 and 1,286 people respectively.

In addition, Our data shows that Texas has the most people surnamed Allen, with a total of 27,328 people, and there are a total of 3,657 distinct names among these people. California is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Allen, with a total of 23,641 people and an average of 3,282 distinct names.