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

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of first people to use the name Allardyce. The name was found 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."

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In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Allardyce has appeared Allardice, Allardyce, Allardes, Allardise, Allardyse, Allerdash, Allerdes, Allyrdes, Allirdasse, Alerdes, Alerdyce, Alerdice, Alderdice, Alderdyce, Alderdise and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allardyce research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1413, 1607, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Allardyce History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Allardyce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Allardyce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Allardyce: John Allardice, who landed at Charles Town South Carolina in 1768.

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  • Alexander Allardyce (1846-1896), Scottish author
  • Samuel "Sam" Allardyce (b. 1954), English former professional football player
  • Sir William Lamond Allardyce GCMG (1861-1930), British civil servant who served as Governor of Fiji (1901-1902), the Falkland Islands (1904-1914), Bahamas (1914-1920), Tasmania (1920-1922), and Newfoundland (1922-1928), eponym of the Allardyce Range, a mountain range in Antarctica
  • Craig Samuel Allardyce (b. 1975), English retired footballer and a football agent from Bolton


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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: In the defence of the distressed
Motto Translation: In the defence of the distressed

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