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Alastair History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Irish , Scottish


This name comes from the given name Alexander, which was in turn originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander; she had heard the name in the Hungarian Court where she was raised. From Scotland, the name came to Ireland, where MacAlasandair became the Irish form.


Early Origins of the Alastair family


The surname Alastair was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Alastair family


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Another 462 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1230, 1295, 1431, 1475, 1570, 1602, 1605, 1614, 1615, 1640, 1765, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Alastair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alastair Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, McAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.

Early Notables of the Alastair family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Alastair family to Ireland


Some of the Alastair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Alastair family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling, who colonized Nova Scotia, in Antigonish, Pictou, the Carolinas, Virginia and Upper Canada. Richard H. Alexander, traveled from Ontario in a group called the ".

Contemporary Notables of the name Alastair (post 1700)


  • Peter Alastair Care (b. 1953), English film and video producer, known for his work with R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Roy Orbison, Depeche Mode and New Order
  • Jon Alastair Craig (1941-2015), New Zealand architect, lead architect for the new terminal development at Wellington International Airport
  • Kevin Alastair Kyle (b. 1981), Scottish footballer
  • Major General Hugh Alastair Borradaile, Vice Adjunct General in the British War Office
  • Robert Alastair Addie (1960-2003), British actor
  • Alastair Fothergill (b. 1960), British two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning producer of nature documentaries, known for the multiple award winning series The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006)
  • Alastair John Bellingham CBE FRCP (1938-2017), British haematologist, President of the Royal College of Pathologists (1993-1996)
  • Alastair "Sandy" Auld Mactaggart (1928-2017), Scottish-born, Canadian educator and philanthropist, Chancellor of the University of Alberta (1990-1994)
  • Alastair Duncan (1953-2016), British army officer, Chief of Staff for UNAMSIL (2001)
  • Alastair James Murden, English actor, known for Persephone: Pictures at the End of the World (2016), The Captain (2013) and Little Reaper (2013)

The Alastair Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per mare, per terras
Motto Translation: By sea, by land.


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