Alabaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Alabaster is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. Alabaster is a name for a arbalester, a person who either built or operated a 12th century variation of the medieval European crossbow named "arbalest." Derived from the Medieval French term, it actually dates back to Roman times when the crossbow was referred to as a "arcuballista."

Early Origins of the Alabaster family

The surname Alabaster was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat after 1066.

Early History of the Alabaster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alabaster research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1140, 1198, 1198, 1273, 1273, 1278, 1296, 1565, 1624, 1700, 1567, 1640 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Alabaster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alabaster Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Alabaster are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Alabaster include Arblaster, Arblast, Alablaster, Alabaster, Allblaster, Arbalistrius, Arbalistarius, Albalistarius, Arbelestre, Aleblaster, Allyblaster, Arbalister, Arbelaster and many more.

Early Notables of the Alabaster family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Geoffrey Arbalister, a prominent 12th century landholder in Essex; and William Alabaster (also Alablaster, Arblastier) (1567-1640), an English poet...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alabaster Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Alabaster migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Alabaster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Alabaster, (b. 1794), aged 25, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1842 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Alabaster (post 1700) +

  • Chaloner Grenville Alabaster (1930-1941), son of Chaloner Grenville Alabaster, Attorney General of Hong Kong
  • Chaloner Grenville Alabaster (1838-1898), English administrator in China, Consul General at Hankow, Wuhan (1880 to 1886)
  • Rear Admiral Martin Alabaster CBE (1958-2007), retired former senior officer in the British Royal Navy from Totnes, Devon, Commander of Royal Naval College, Dartmouth (2007-2008)
  • Grenville David Alabaster (b. 1933), former New Zealand first class cricketer for Otago, Canterbury
  • John Chaloner "Jack" Alabaster (1930-1955), New Zealand cricketer who played 21 Tests for New Zealand from 1955 to 1972


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel


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