On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the Alpan family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the son of the blond one,
or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the Alpan family
The surname Alpan 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.
Early History of the Alpan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alpan research.Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Alpan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alpan Spelling Variations
In various documents Alpan has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the Alpan 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 Alpan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alpan family to Ireland
Some of the Alpan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 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 Alpan family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Alpan or a variant listed above: Robert MacAlpin, who settled in New York State in 1740; William MacAlpine settled in New York in 1774; Hugh and James MacAlpin settled in New York in 1811. James Alpin was registered as a United Empire Loyalist..