Pronunciation and history of Alleyne?
I read and enjoyed Arthur Conan Doyle's historical novel, "The White Company," years ago. My dad is now reading it, and he came to me and asked, "How do you pronounce the main character's name?" Alleyne Edricson is the young squire who comes of age during the story's plot, which is set in England, France and Spain at the time of the Hundred Years' War (specifically the years 1366 and '67.)
I could only make a guess at how to pronounce Alleyne, and it's approximately what's given on babynamespedia (AL-ayne.) But, consulting Google, I also found sources which suggested AL-een or Allen.
I'm assuming that babynamespedia is correct in describing Alleyne as a variant of Alan. Does anyone have the scoop on this name? Would this have been a well-used medieval spelling of Alan? What is the correct pronunciation? And why is it only listed on Nameberry as a girl's name?