Humanities › History & Culture ALLEN - Name Meaning & Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Monty Rakusen/Cultura/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated January 30, 2019 The Allen and Allan surname derive from "aluinn," meaning fair or handsome. The Allan surname spelled with an "a" is generally considered to be associated with Scottish clans, including Clan Donald, Clan Grant, Clan MacFarlane, and Clan MacKay. Spelled with an "e," however, the Allen surname is generally considered to be English in origin. However, a variety of names from a variety of regions might be anglicized as either Allen or Allan, so the name spelling may not point to your family's origin. Surname Origin Scottish, English Alternate Surname Spellings ALAN, ALLAN Famous People With the Surname ALLEN Ethan Allen - leader of the Green Mountain Boys and an American officer during the Revolutionary WarKris Allen - winner of American Idol, season eightLily Allen - British pop starRichard Allen - minister, educator, writer, and founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denominationMarcus Allen - National Football Hall of Fame member, inducted 2003 Genealogy Resources for the Surname ALLEN 100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? Allen Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Allen surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Allen query. There are also separate forums for the ALLAN and ALAN variations of the Allen surname. FamilySearch - ALLEN GenealogyFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Allen surname and its variations. DistantCousin.com - ALLEN Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Allen. ----------------------- References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.