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

Elzy comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the given name Alexander, which in turn was originally derived from the Greek name, which means "defender of men." In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name, which she had heard in the Hungarian Court where she was raised, into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander. The popularity of the name Alexander was ensured by the fact that it was borne by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland following the death of Malcolm III. The name Elshener is a local or dialectal pronunciation of the name Alexander.

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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Elzy has appeared as Elshener, Elshenar, Elshender, Alshioner, Alesander, Alexander, Aleschunder, Elchyneur, Elzenour, Alshunder, Alshenour, Elshenour, Alexshunder, Alschunder, Alshenour, Alschunder, Alshonder, Alschoner, Alzenhar, Alzenor, Aschenour, Elchuner, Elshinar, Alshonner, Alshinor, Alshonar, Elsher, Elsender, Elshar and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elzy research. Another 590 words(42 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1431, 1475, 1493, 1555, 1561, 1574, 1605, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Elzy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Elzy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Elzy or a variant listed above: Nicholas Elshie who settled in Connecticut in 1640.

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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 and by land.

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