Alby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Alby family. Their name is derived from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.

Early Origins of the Alby family

The surname Alby 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.

Further to the south, the variant Alby hailed from Alby, a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk. "This place, which was anciently called Oslby, is intersected by the road from Aylsham to Cromer, and includes the hamlets of Alby Common and Alby Hill." [1]

Early History of the Alby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alby research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Alby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Alby has appeared in various documents spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Alby family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir John MacAlpin; John MacAlpine (Latin: Maccabeus) (died 1557), a Scottish Protestant theologian; and Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a Massachusetts clergyman who during...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Alby family to Ireland

Some of the Alby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Alby migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Alby or a variant listed above include:

Alby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pope Alby, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]
  • John Alby, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1673 [2]
Alby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Alby, who landed in America in 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Alby (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Alby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 [3]
  • Alby Oatway (1913-1971), Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda in 1941
  • Alby Outen Jr. (1936-2010), Australian rules footballer who played with Footscray in 1954
  • Alby Rodda (b. 1920), Australian football player


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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