The Massachusetts Archives holds Massachusetts vital records covering the years 1841-1920 . The vital records cover births, marriages, and deaths that occurred in Massachusetts. The Archives not only holds the records, but also indices to these records.
According to the decutions of antiquarians and others who have investigated the origin of surnames, the names Allan and Allen appear to have come from the same remote source; but Allen generally is given an English origin, while Allan, so far at least as it relates to the particular family here considered, is distinctly Scotch [trans note: the word is 'Scottish!'] and is traced to Alan, high constable of Scotland and lord of Galloway and Cunninghame, and who died A.D. 1234.
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