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

The surname Alma was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Yorkshire.

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The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Alma has been spelled Allmark, Almark, Allmoke, Hawmoke, Hallmark, Allmack, Aulmark and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where this curious name is descended from Robert M'Kawele, Lord of Karsneloughe, who was living in 1370 in Guffok land in Nithsdale. Traditionally within the family name the first Allmack or Allmark was a MacAll who on migrating south to Yorkshire found it more fashionable to drop the Mac from his name to become accepted in the English society. Progressively the name became Allmack, Allmark, Allmoke, Hawmoke. William Allmack, one of the founders of Hong Kong was honored by Almack Place in that city.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alma research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1500 and 1846 are included under the topic Early Alma History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Alma family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Alma Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mae Alma, aged 50, landed in New Orleans, La in 1848

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  • Mr. Mustafa Nasr Alma (d. 1912), aged 20, Lebanese Third Class passenger from Tebnine who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking


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

This page was last modified on 9 April 2014 at 16:21.

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