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Where did the Irish Alexander family come from? What is the Irish Alexander family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alexander family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alexander family history?

This name comes from the given name Alexander, which was in turn originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander; she had heard the name in the Hungarian Court where she was raised. From Scotland, the name came to Ireland, where MacAlasandair became the Irish form.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, McAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.

First found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alexander research. Another 597 words(43 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1230, 1295, 1431, 1475, 1570, 1602, 1605, 1614, 1615, 1640, 1765, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Alexander History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alexander Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Alexander family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 180 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alexander Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Alexander, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Jno Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Henry Alexander, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Samuell Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Marke Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Alexander Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jos Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Randall Alexander, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • David Alexander, who arrived in Maine in 1719
  • Archibald Alexander, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Hugh Alexander, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736

Alexander Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Alexander, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Martha Alexander, aged 10, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jane Alexander, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Sarah Alexander, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Wm Alexander, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1804


  • John White Alexander (1856-1915), American painter
  • Brigadier-General Clyde Charles Alexander (1892-1965), American General during World War II
  • Brigadier-General Edward Harrison Alexander (1902-1978), American Acting Commanding General of the Eighteenth Air Force, Donaldson AFB, South Carolina (1954)
  • Brigadier-General George Murrell Alexander (1889-1961), American Assistant Deputy Provost Marshal General US European Theater of Operations (1943-1945)
  • Gwen Wentz Cheeseman Alexander (b. 1951), American bronze medalist field hockey goalkeeper at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Samuel Alexander (1859-1939), Australian born, British philosopher
  • Prince Louis Alexander (1854-1921), Austrian nobleman, who married a granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria, became Louis Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, and was an officer of the Royal Navy
  • Earl Albert Victor Alexander (1885-1965), 1st Earl Alexander of Hillsborough, British Labour and Co-operative politician
  • Bill Alexander (b. 1948), English stage director
  • Franz Gabriel Alexander (1891-1964), Hungarian-born, American psychoanalyst, considered one of the founders of psychosomatic medicine



  • The Alexander Family: Early Settlers of Giles County, Tennessee by Naomah Elizabeth Alexander Lance.
  • The Alexanders and Descendants by William A. York.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per mare, per terras
Motto Translation: By sea, by land.


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  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Alexander Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alexander Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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