In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Ailardice, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in the old barony of Allardice, in the parish of Arbuthnott in Kincardineshire
. This place name is derived from the Gaelic words all,
which means "cliff" and deas
which means "southern."
Early Origins of the Ailardice family
The surname Ailardice was first found in Kincardineshire
(Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland
, and part of the Aberdeenshire
Council Area since 1996, in a barony of the name Allardice, in the parish of Arbuthnot, about 1 mile north west of Inverbervie, where the Allardice Castle (also spelled Allardyce), the sixteenth-century manor house still stands today.
Early History of the Ailardice family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ailardice research.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1413, 1607, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Ailardice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ailardice Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Ailardice has been spelled Allardice, Allardyce, Allardes, Allardise, Allardyse, Allerdash, Allerdes, Allyrdes, Allirdasse, Alerdes, Alerdyce, Alerdice, Alderdice, Alderdyce, Alderdise and many more.
Early Notables of the Ailardice family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ailardice family to Ireland
Some of the Ailardice family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ailardice family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Ailardice: John Allardice, who landed at Charles Town South Carolina in 1768.