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

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Almark. It was a name for someone who lived in Yorkshire.

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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Almark has been spelled Allmark, Almark, Allmoke, Hawmoke, Hallmark, Allmack, Aulmark and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where this curious name is descended from Robert M'Kawele, Lord of Karsneloughe, who was living in 1370 in Guffok land in Nithsdale. Traditionally within the family name the first Allmack or Allmark was a MacAll who on migrating south to Yorkshire found it more fashionable to drop the Mac from his name to become accepted in the English society. Progressively the name became Allmack, Allmark, Allmoke, Hawmoke. William Allmack, one of the founders of Hong Kong was honored by Almack Place in that city.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Almark research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Almark History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Almark Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Almark family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Thomas Allmark who settled in Barbados in 1780.

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The Almark Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Almark 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.

This page was last modified on 9 April 2014 at 16:21.

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