islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Alpen family. Their name comes from the son of the blond one,
or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the Alpen family
The surname Alpen 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 Alpen family
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Alpen Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Alpen has been written as MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the Alpen 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 Alpen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alpen family to Ireland
Some of the Alpen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Alpen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Alpen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Alpen, aged 39, a herdsman, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
Contemporary Notables of the name Alpen (post 1700)
- Hugo Alpen (1842-1917), German-born Australian composer, choral conductor and singing teacher