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Where did the Scottish Alexander family come from? What is the Scottish Alexander family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alexander family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alexander family history?On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the Alexander family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their 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 born by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland following the death of Malcolm III.
In various documents Alexander has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alexander research. Another 925 words (66 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1475, 1602, 1200, 1605, 1615, 1765, 1846, 1431, 1570, 1640, 1614, 1588, 1655, 1640, 1643, 1619, 1681, 1665, 1681, 1620, 1665, 1660, 1665, 1653, 1686, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Alexander History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alexander Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Alexander family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Alexander or a variant listed above:
Alexander Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Alexander Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Alexander Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Alexander Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Alexander Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Alexander Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Alexander Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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, by land.
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Alexander
Ailaisder, Ailastair, Ailastar, Ailaster, Aileckander, Ailecxander, Ailestare, Ailestre, Ailexander, Ailexandri, Ailexter, Ailisandre, Ailischoner, Ailisdair, Ailistair, Ailistar, Ailistare, Ailister, Aillaisder, Aillastair, Aillastar, Aillaster, Aillestare, Aillexander, Aillexandri, Aillisandre, Aillisdair, Aillistair, Aillistare, Alaisder, Alastair, Alastar, Alaster, Aleckander, Alecxander, Alestare, Alestre, Alestrey, Alexander, Alexandri, Alexter, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alisdair, Alistair, Alistar, Alistare, Alister, Allaisder, Allastair and more.
The Alexander Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alexander 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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