Allman's of Co Norfolk & Australia
Synopsis: A one-name study of Allman/Allmon's in Co Norfolk, England & Australia

Surname Index Page Norfolk Index Page Allman Index Page
William Allman of Norfolk Francis Allman of Norfolk & Australia Early Allman's of Great Yarmouth Other Allman's of Co Norfolk Other Allman's of Australia

Caution - some of these files are quite large, the William Allman file is over 1M in size so please be patient while the files display

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"This long-established surname is of early medieval English/Norman-French origin, and derives from the Anglo-Norman French "aleman", ultimately from the Late Latin "Alemannus", from a Germanic tribal name meaning "all the men". The surname is therefore an ethnic one for someone from Germany. However, in some cases, the name may be locational from the Norman region of Allemagne, to the south of Caen, which was probably so named from Germanic settlers there. The Old French "aleman" was also used as a personal name and is recorded in its Latinized form "Alemannus" in Records of St. Benet of Holme, Norfolk, dated 1101. Early recordings of the surname include: Walter le Aleman (Yorkshire, 1200); Robert Alman (Cambridgeshire, 1327); Thomas de Alemayne (London, 1320); and Inglebright de Alman (Yorkshire, 1332). On August 14th 1541, John Allman, an infant, was christened at St. Margaret's, Westminster, London. A notable bearer of the name was George James Allman (1812 - 1898), professor of botany, Dublin University, 1844; regius professor of natural history, Edinburgh University, 1855 - 1870, and gold medallist, 1896. A Coat of Arms granted to the Alman family of Sussex, circa 1337, is a shield divided per bend gold and sable, with a cross potent counterchanged, the Crest being a leg in armour spurred gold, couped in the middle of the thigh. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Aleman, which was dated 1199, in the "Memoranda Roll of Northumberland", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling."[Internet Surname Database]

Allman's in Co Norfolk, England, almost all appear to be part of a single family, descended from a William Allman (1697-1775) of Great Yarmouth. There are a few scattered families and isolated events elsewhere in Co Norfolk that do not appear connected, but nothing lasting more than a single generation.

A descendent of William, Francis Allman (1797-1843), was sent to Australia as a convict in 1818. Whilst not common, Allman's can be found throughout Australia, and as befitting a cultural and racial mixing pot there are at least 16 distinct family groups of Allman's who arrived in Australia prior to 1900, all bar one of which survived to at least the early 1900's.

As indicated by the links at the top of this page, I have broken the study down into 5 separate charts: the descendants of William Allman of Great Yarmouth, the descendants of Francis Allman of Norwich & thence Australia, unrelated Allman families of Co Norfolk, unrelated Allman families of Australia and early (pre 1700) Allman's of Great Yarmouth & Norwich, Co Norfolk.

Other researchers:

People who have an interest in the Allman family, not necessesarily related to my Allman's (and including Almond's). This is not a comprehensive list, just a listing of those whom I have been in contact with. Some of these email addresses may no longer be valid.