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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.

Alexander Early Origins



The surname Alexander was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Alexander Spelling Variations


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Alexander Spelling Variations



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.

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Alexander Early History


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Alexander Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Alexander Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alexander Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Alexander (circa 1570-1640), 1st Earl of Stirling, Scottish government official, knighted in 1614, appointed Governor of the barony of Nova Scotia; William Allestry (Allestrie) (1588-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England (1640-1643)...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alexander Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alexander In Ireland


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Alexander In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. 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

  • Jon Alexander, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • John Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Henry Alexander, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Samuell Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Marke Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alexander Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jos Alexander, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Randall Alexander, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • David Alexander, who arrived in Maine in 1719
  • Archibald Alexander, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Hugh Alexander, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alexander Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Alexander, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Martha Alexander, aged 10, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jane Alexander, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Sarah Alexander, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • William Alexander, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alexander Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Alexander, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Alexander, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Hugh Alexander U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Home District, South Central Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Sarah Alexander U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Saint David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 a member of Cape Ann Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Alexander Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling, who colonized Nova Scotia, in Antigonish, Pictou, the Carolinas, Virginia and Upper Canada
  • John Alexander, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Lady Campbell" in 1833
  • Joseph Alexander, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Samuel Alexander, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Margaret Alexander, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alexander Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Alexander, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Hannah Alexander, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"
  • David Henry Alexander, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Brankenmoor"
  • David Alexander arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1849
  • Henry Alexander arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Alexander Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Alexander landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • A Alexander landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • James Alexander landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • J Alexander landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • E Ann Alexander landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Catherine Stuart Forbes
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alexander (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alexander (post 1700)



  • Max Alexander (d. 2016), born Michael Drelich, an American stand-up comedian and actor who appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show
  • Hubbard Lindsay "Axe" Alexander (1939-2016), American NFL football coach who won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Tyler Alexander (1941-2016), American race car engineer, co-founder of McLaren Racing Limited, a British Formula One team
  • Van Alexander (1915-2015), born Alexander Van Vliet Feldman, an American bandleader, arranger and composer who lived to be 100 years old
  • Claudia J. Alexander (1959-2015), Canadian-born, American research scientist specializing in geophysics and planetary science for the United States Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Gwen Wentz Cheeseman Alexander (b. 1951), American bronze medalist field hockey goalkeeper at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Brigadier-General George Murrell Alexander (1889-1961), American Assistant Deputy Provost Marshal General US European Theater of Operations (1943-1945)
  • Brigadier-General Edward Harrison Alexander (1902-1978), American Acting Commanding General of the Eighteenth Air Force, Donaldson AFB, South Carolina (1954)
  • Brigadier-General Clyde Charles Alexander (1892-1965), American General during World War II
  • John White Alexander (1856-1915), American painter
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Alexander Historic Events


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Alexander Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Herbert D Alexander (b. 1962), American Private 1st Class from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Alexander, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ronald Alexander, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Ronald Ely Alexander (1942-1988), Swiss Businessman from New York, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Alexander (d. 1912), aged 23, English Third Class passenger from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Alexander


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Suggested Readings for the name Alexander



  • The Alexander Family: Early Settlers of Giles County, Tennessee by Naomah Elizabeth Alexander Lance.
  • The Alexanders and Descendants by William A. York.

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Motto


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Motto



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.


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Alexander Clan Badge


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Alexander Clan Badge




Alexander Clan Badge
Alexander Clan Badge

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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...

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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.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

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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