Alardyce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Alardyce is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Alardyce family 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 Alardyce family
The surname Alardyce 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 Alardyce family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alardyce research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1413, 1607, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Alardyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alardyce Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Alardyce 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 Alardyce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alardyce family to Ireland
Some of the Alardyce 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 Alardyce family
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Alardyce: John Allardice, who landed at Charles Town South Carolina in 1768.
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