"The "Coat of Arms" was done for a fee for my parents about 30 years ago. He was a Dr. Byrd was a history professor and genealogy buff. He wrote a brief note on the "Allen Coat of Arms" -- "The Allen coat of arms, which is definitely of Crusading origin, is as follows: ARMS: gules, on a cross pattee argent five escallops sable. . . . " He then explains the colors (for example, "gules" is red), and that the 5 escallops would "indicate at least five years spent on Crusade." He also notes that the absence of a crest or motto "is proof that the Allen arms are ancient ones."
We are not completely sure about this Coat of Arms, so if anyone has another that we can compare it to, please email either me or Noel. We would like to put it here as something to compare this one to, and to help track down our family line.