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

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Gapane is the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.

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Historical recordings of the name Gapane include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gapane research. Another 385 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Gapane History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gapane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gapane 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.

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Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gapane, or a variant listed above: Robert MacAlpin, who settled in New York State in 1740; William MacAlpine settled in New York in 1774; Hugh and James MacAlpin settled in New York in 1811. James Alpin was registered as a United Empire Loyalist..

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