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Allan Family History

Allan Name 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).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Allen, Alan, Allman, Allin, Allain, Callan, Allyn, Allam, Alman

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Where is the Allan family from?

You can see how Allan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Allan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Allan families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 916 Allan families living in Yorkshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Allan's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Allan families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Allan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Allan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Allan. 10% of Allan men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Allan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Allan were Joiner and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Joiner

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 414,000 census records available for the last name Allan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Allan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 100,000 immigration records available for the last name Allan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 38,000 military records available for the last name Allan. For the veterans among your Allan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Allan lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Allan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Allan in 1944 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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