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Where did the Scottish Kelpin family come from? What is the Scottish Kelpin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kelpin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kelpin family history?The ancestors of the Kelpin family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Kelpin 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 Kelpin research. Another 385 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, and 1531 are included under the topic Early Kelpin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kelpin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kelpin 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.
Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kelpin were among those contributors: 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..
The Kelpin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kelpin 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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