Meaning and Origin of: Allan
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First name origins & meanings:
- Gaelic : Handsome
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Last name origin & meaning:
- 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).
- 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.