Allans

New Abbey, KCB, NX944663 [grid reference is for Allan’s Wood]

Element: pn Allan; ?G ail ‘rock, cliff, stone’; ?G àilean ‘a plain, meadow, green’; ?Br al- ‘a river-name element’

This name becomes Allan’s Wood on the first edition of the OS. It presumably represents the family name Allan; a similar New Abbey place-name is Campbells. However, as Scots speakers had a habit of adding -s to Gaelic names fairly indiscriminately, it’s worth considering that this could be a reanalysis of an earlier name. In order of probability, Gaelic àilean and ail and Brittonic al-, which appears in stream names as Allan (from *al-awe-nt-), might be lurking in the background (see BLITON). See also Carsegowan.

This entry is still in draft and has yet to be proofed. There are links to the sources of historical forms of the name, where spellings can be checked.