|About Allis families
Hello and thanks for visiting.
If you have an interest in families by the name of Allis, Alliss, Alles or similar spelling then
please get in contact, I will be very pleased to hear from you.
This latest version (December 2018) adds some new people in the old tree, some corrections and adds
a family from India that were from a soldier serving there in the 1850s.
The Allis, Alliss, Allice and other related names are not that common. In 2002 for England 267 Allis
names were recorded and a further 110 for Alliss.
The 1881 census for England and Wales records that there were 201 people with the Allis spelling, 6
with Allise, 50 with Alliss, 32 with Allice, and 7 with Alyss.
There are also families in Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands.
In Scotland the Alles or Allice spellings appear to have been most popular, but there were also many
crossovers to Ellis (and similar) and back again.
A survey of surnames in the USA for the year 2000 records 1,234 Allis and 159 Alliss.
It is believed that the name originated in Normandy, France.
I am interested in Allis families from all over and have registered it as a one-name study.
This came about from trying to tie some loose ends together which resulted in looking at various
apparently unrelated families in Lincolnshire for possible links.
My family is from Nettleham, Lincolnshire in England which can be traced there to 1523 at the
earliest so far (though sadly with some gaps in the documented line) but there are other Allis
families in the same county who are not obviously connected.
The family name in England is first seen in 1086 in Domesday book but this family is believed to
have died out by the 1300s. There were a smattering of apparently unconnected families over a wide
area of England who appear in various documents through the medieval and early modern period.
Some are newly arrived such as a family in Dorset in 1540 who were Norman and had lived in England
for 20 years.
In looking to the USA it is said that many of the Allis families there could be related to one
William Allis from Essex in England who sailed to America about 1630. The origins of William were
not known or recorded at the time but his descendants are listed in a well-known genealogy (The
Genealogy of William Allis of Hatfield, Massachusetts by Horatio D. Allis published about 1920).
A work-in-progress is to try and identify this William. A number of parish registers have been
looked at for parishes in Essex that have not been transcribed by the LDS but suitable candidates
for this William have not been found so far.
Given the doubt over a common source of the family this would be an excellent DNA project and I have
Y-DNA results at FTDNA to compare with.
The trees on this site are from England and Wales at present although some of the Lincolnshire
families have spread out to Massachusetts, Colorado and Nebraska in the US, as well as New Zealand,
Australia and Canada.
The individual family trees are from families originating in:
1. Nettleham, Lincolnshire and from there to other parts of Lincolnshire, Middlesex and
Northumberland and other areas
2. Cowbit, Lincolnshire and others from the south of the county (Midville etc.)
3. South Wales and Birmingham (from John Allis of Germany c1834-1925- there is some doubt over his age)
5. Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire (and origins in Hertfordshire and London)
6. Loughton, Essex
7. From the Bridgwater area of Somerset
8. Various unconnected (at the moment) families from different parts of London
These represent a majority of the families in England and Wales, and some in Scotland. Ireland and
the Channel Islands have still to be researched and will be added in due course.
If you have any further information or would like to know more then please get in contact.
Record finding is a work in progress and mistakes may creep in (but of course we hope
not). If you see anything that needs putting right please let me know.
I hope you find this work of interest.
This tree is generated from "The Master Genealogist" on my computer, and should not have any living