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Historical References

"ALAN, ALLAN, ALLEN. This name in Scotland is of twofold origin: (1) from the Old Gaelic name Ailene (the Ailenus of Adamnan, I, 43) or Ailin, from ail 'rock,' seen in the old name of Dumbarton (Ail Cluade, 'rock of the Clyde'). From this source comes Alwyn, the name of the first earls of Levenax, early confused with Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Aelwin. (2) from the Breton through Norman French A/on. Alan or Alain Fergant was one of the leading Bretons who accompanied William the Conqueror to England. The oldest form of the name, on tenth century Breton coins, seems to be Alamnvs, though we also find Alarms in the same century (Loth, p. 83). Alan, king of Brittany, is mentioned in Brut y Twysogion under 683. The form Alamnvs points to Alemannus, the Germanic tribal name, meaning 'all men,' as the source of the personal name. The name became a popular one in Scotland from its occurrence in the family of the Stewards. Alan, son of Waldeve witnessed charters by King David i, 1139 (Raine, 19, 20). Alanus, brother of Galfridus Redberd witnessed sale of a tenement in Perth, 1219 (Scon, p. 52), and Alanus, capellanus Willelmi Cumyn, comes de Buchan, 1221 (RAA., i, p. 93). Aleyn fitz Maucolum of Berwickshire and John fiz Aleyn, burgess of Montrose, rendered homage, 1296 (Bain, n, p. 198, 207). Loughlan le fiz Aleyn, son- -inlaw of Alexander of Argyll, was received to the king of England's peace in 1301 (ibid., p. 307). Duncan Alowne was admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1446 (NSCM., I, p. 10). Henry Alane was clerk of accounts of the king's household, 1490. Henry Alane was archdeacon of Dunblane, 1498. Thomas Ailen in Jedburgh, 1641 (RRM., i, p. 89). The Allans of Bute, who appear also in record as Callan, Callen, Macallan, and Maccallan, are properly Macallans. Bearers of the name Allan are permitted by grace of the sartorial fraternity to wear the tartan of Macdonald of Clan Ranald, or, alternatively, that of Clan Macfarlane. Alen, Alene (1565), Allane (1554), Alland, Allone. Cf. ALMAN. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)

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