The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Alerdice. It comes from 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 Alerdice family
The surname Alerdice 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 Alerdice family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alerdice research.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1413, 1607, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Alerdice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alerdice Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Alerdice has appeared Allardice, Allardyce, Allardes, Allardise, Allardyse, Allerdash, Allerdes, Allyrdes, Allirdasse, Alerdes, Alerdyce, Alerdice, Alderdice, Alderdyce, Alderdise and many more.
Early Notables of the Alerdice family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alerdice family to Ireland
Some of the Alerdice 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 Alerdice family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Alerdice name: John Allardice, who landed at Charles Town South Carolina in 1768.
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