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Where did the English Alkire family come from? What is the English Alkire family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alkire family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alkire family history?

The ancient and distinguished surname Alkire is of two distinct origins. It is believed that the name was originally derived from the Old English word "ealdgar," meaning "noble spear." Alternatively, in some instances, the name signifies "of Altcar," a village near Ormskirk in Lancashire.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Alkire has undergone many spelling variations, including Alker, Alkar, Altcar, Alkire, Alger, Algar, Allgar, Allger, Allker and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where William Alker was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1212. In this instance, the name is probably derived from the Old English "ealdgar," making it likely that this branch of the family is of Anglo-Saxon descent. William de Altekar was recorded in the "Calendar of Letter Books" of London in 1341; the preposition "de," as well as the spelling of the name, indicates that this branch of the family hailed from Altcar in Lancashire. It is likely that the family estate of this branch was still located in Altcar, Lancashire at this time.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alkire research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1549 and 1866 are included under the topic Early Alkire History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alkire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Alkire were among those contributors: Andrew Alger and Thomas Allgar, who both settled in New England in 1632; Arthur Algar, who came to Virginia in 1731; James Alger, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1768.

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  • Jason Alkire, American fashion designer, co-founder of the Haus Alkire fashion label
  • Brigadier General Darr Hayes Alkire (1903-1977), American pilot and commander during World War II and the Korean War, recipient of the Air Force DSM and the Silver Star
  • Elbern H. "Eddie" Alkire (1907-1981), American Hawaiian guitarist, inductee into the The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame
  • Richard C Alkire, American professor of electrochemical engineering at the University of Illinois
  • Brien Alkire, associate operations researcher with RAND Corporation in California
  • Jeff Alkire, well-known Australian jazz saxophonist


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The Alkire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alkire 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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