Mcaleer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name Mcaleer is derived from the Gaelic word Mac-Giolla-Uidhir, which literally means son of the pale youth or son of Odhar's servant. [1]

Early Origins of the Mcaleer family

The surname Mcaleer was first found in Ayrshire and Galloway, where John McLur and Robert McLure were first listed as followers of the Earl of Casilis in 1526. A few years later in 1532, Tomas Maklure was sergeant of Assize in Carrick. Interestingly, the earliest evidence of a Clan piper was Robert MacLure who was piper to the chief of the Buchanans in 1600. [1]

Important Dates for the Mcaleer family

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Mcaleer Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Mcaleer include MacClure, MacLure, MacCloor, McLeur, McCloor and others.

Early Notables of the Mcaleer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mcaleer family to Ireland

Some of the Mcaleer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Mcaleer migration to the United States

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Mcaleer were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Mcaleer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel McAleer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • Michael McAleer, aged 25, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1870 [2]
  • Samuel McAleer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [2]

Mcaleer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mcaleer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret McAleer, aged 32, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • James McAleer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Joseph McAleer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Charles McAleer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • Patrick McAleer, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mcaleer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mcaleer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Mcaleer, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • Mrs. Ellen Mcaleer née Burke, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • Joseph McAleer, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • James McAleer, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878
  • Mr. James McAleer, (b. 1855), aged 22, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th January 1878, for Bluff [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcaleer (post 1700)

  • Owen McAleer (1858-1944), American served as the 25th Mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • William McAleer (1838-1912), American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • James Robert "Loafer" McAleer (1864-1931), American center fielder, manager, and stockholder in Major League Baseball
  • William McAleer (1838-1912), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 2nd District, 1887-90; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 3rd District, 1891-95, 1897-1901 [4]
  • Owen C. McAleer (1858-1944), American Republican politician, Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1904-06 [4]
  • Hugh McAleer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Burlington, 1902 [4]
  • H. J. McAleer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888 [4]
  • Hugh McAleer (d. 1941), Irish nationalist politician
  • Kevin McAleer (b. 1956), Irish professional stand-up comedian
  • Phelim McAleer (b. 1967), Irish journalist and documentary filmmaker

Historic Events for the Mcaleer family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Mcaleer, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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