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Where did the Scottish Alben family come from? What is the Scottish Alben family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alben family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alben family history?Alben is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Alben has been spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
First found in Argyllshire, where they were descended from King Kenneth MacAlpin who was murdered by the Picts near Dundee in the year 834. MacAlpin is generally considered to have been the first king to rule both Scots and Picts, and as such, was the first king of Scotland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alben research. Another 385 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, and 1531 are included under the topic Early Alben History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Alben Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Alben family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Alben arrived in North America very early:
Alben Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Alben Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alben 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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