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Allen

Origin: Netherlands
gender-male
Region Origin: Western Europe

Allen is a masculine name of Gaelic origin, with roots in the Irish language. It is derived from the word "álainn," which translates to "handsome" or "fair". The name also has connections to the word "aluinn," meaning "harmony". Allen is a popular surname in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and it has more than fifty heraldic Coats of Arms granted to nameholders. The origin of the name Allen can be traced back to the Celtic personal name "Ailin," which has several meanings, including "little rock," "harmony," "great," and "handsome". The name is a variation of the surname MacAllen and is common in Scotland, Wales, and England. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey Alein, dated 1234, in the 'Feet of Fines' rolls of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Henry III, known as 'The Frenchman'. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation, and they have continued to develop over the centuries.

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