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This is a surname which is of confused origins. It may be English or it can be Muslim. If English it is usually recorded as Alam, Allam, and Elam, and is a dialectually transposed from a place in Kent now called Elham. In the famous Domesday Book of 1086 it appears as Alham and Aelham. The spellling as Elham being recorded in the charters known collectively as the Index to the Charters and Rolls of the British Museum in 1182. The place name is believed to derive from the Olde English pre 7th century 'ealh' meaning a pagan temple, plus '-ham', a meadow or piece of enclosed land.

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