Explore the Family Name Allman

The meaning of Allman

1. English: ethnic name from Old French aleman(d) ‘German’ or alemayne meaning ‘from Germany’, which was called Almeyne in the 14th century (from Late Latin Alemannia, from an ancient Germanic tribal name that probably originally meant ‘all the men’; see Allemann). In some cases the surname may be from the region of Normandy known as Allemagne (south of Caen), probably named as an ancient Germanic-speaking enclave in a Celtic area in Roman times. 2. English: variant of Oldman. 3. Americanized form of German Allmann or Ahlmann (see Ahlman 1), Swedish Ahlman 2, and Dutch, Flemish, or French Alleman. Compare Allmon.

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How common is the last name Allman in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Allman has seen slight changes in its popularity between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, the surname was ranked 4168th most popular, but by 2010 it dropped slightly to 4447th, indicating a decrease of 6.69%. However, the overall count of people bearing the surname Allman increased marginally from 7879 to 7977, marking an increase of 1.24%. The proportion per 100k people also saw a small decline from 2.92 in 2000 to 2.7 in 2010, a change of -7.53%.

Proportion per 100k2.922.7-7.53%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Allman

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the surname Allman, the Decennial U.S. Census data reveals a slight shift over the decade. The percentage of individuals identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander more than doubled from 0.38% to 0.81%, marking a significant 113.16% increase. The proportion identifying as Hispanic also rose by 46.58% from 1.61% to 2.36%. The representation of those identifying as White decreased slightly from 90.23% to 89.18%, a small change of -1.16%. Those identifying as Black or Two or more races remained relatively stable, with only minor decreases of -0.76% and -0.67% respectively. The American Indian and Alaskan Native representation also saw a drop of -8.00% from 1.00% to 0.92%.

Two or More Races1.5%1.49%-0.67%
American Indian and Alaskan Native1%0.92%-8%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.38%0.81%113.16%

Allman ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Allman is British & Irish, which comprises 53.0% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (26.0%) and Eastern European (3.6%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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British & Irish53.0%
French & German26.0%
Eastern European3.6%

Possible origins of the surname Allman

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Allman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom89.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom89.10%
Greater London, United Kingdom89.10%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.10%
West Midlands, United Kingdom89.10%

What Allman haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Allman is R-L21, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L21 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and T-L446, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Welch, Hart, Evans, Weaver, Gibson, Thompson, Thomson, Kent, Morgan, Phillips.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Allman surname are: H1, J1c, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

allmanPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Allman have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Allman" Surname 42.3%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Allman" Surname 38.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Allman" Surname 20.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Allman" Surname 18.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Allman?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Allman are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%