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The ancestors of the MacAle family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

MacAle Early Origins



The surname MacAle 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 held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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MacAle Spelling Variations


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MacAle Spelling Variations



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, MacAle has been spelled MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

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MacAle Early History


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MacAle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAle research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early MacAle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacAle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacAle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAle In Ireland


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MacAle In Ireland



Some of the MacAle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 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



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 MacAle were among those contributors: Andrew and Catherine MacCall settled in Boston in 1849; Andrew, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Robert and William MacCall all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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MacAle Family Crest Products


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MacAle Family Crest Products




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