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The Albee family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Albee is derived from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.

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The surname Albee was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were descended from King Kenneth MacAlpin who was murdered by the Picts near Dundee in the year 834. MacAlpin is generally considered to have been the first king to rule both Scots and Picts, and as such, was the first king of Scotland.

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 Albee include MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Albee research. Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Albee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Albee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Albee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Albee arrived in North America very early:

Albee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Albee, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640
  • Benjamin Albee, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1641

Albee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • W. Albee, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Albee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • L. G. Albee, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Ernest Albee, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Fred Hondlett Albee, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1916
  • Loreiella B. Albee, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Mary Albee, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1921


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  • George Emerson Albee (1845-1918), American officer in the United States Army, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Indian Wars
  • Harry Russell Albee (1867-1950), American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon from 1913–1917
  • Grace Thurston Arnold Albee (1890-1985), American printmaker and wood engraver
  • Edward Franklin Albee II (1857-1930), American vaudeville impresario, adoptive grandfather of Edward Franklin Albee III
  • Spencer Albee (b. 1976), American musician
  • Timothy Albee, American independent animated filmmaker
  • Ronald M. Albee, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1943-44
  • O. G. Albee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Harrison County, 1938
  • H. Russell Albee, American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1913-17
  • Ellery Albee, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 9th District, 1869-71

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The Albee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Albee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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