The ancestors of the Alpin family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the son of the blond one,
or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the Alpin family
The surname Alpin was 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.
Early History of the Alpin family
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Alpin Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Alpin include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the Alpin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir John MacAlpin; John MacAlpine (Latin: Maccabeus) (died 1557), a Scottish Protestant theologian; and Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a Massachusetts clergyman who during... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alpin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alpin family to Ireland
Some of the Alpin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Alpin family to the New World and Oceana
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 Alpin or a variant listed above:
Alpin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Alpin was registered as a United Empire Loyalist
Alpin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. James Alpin U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Marysburgh Township, Ontario c. 1783 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
Alpin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Christopher Alpin, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1863
- Robert Alpin, aged 21, a miller, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
Contemporary Notables of the name Alpin (post 1700)
- Alasdair Alpin MacGregor (1899-1970), Scottish writer and photographer
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...