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Collister History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Collister is the given name Alexander, which in turn was originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name, which she had heard in the Hungarian Court where she was raised, into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander. The popularity of the name Alexander was ensured by the fact that it was born by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland following the death of Malcolm III.

Early Origins of the Collister family


The surname Collister was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Collister family


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Another 548 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1475, 1602, 1200, 1605, 1615, 1765, 1846, 1431, 1570, 1640, 1614, 1588, 1655, 1640, 1643, 1619, 1681, 1665, 1681, 1620, 1665, 1660, 1665, 1653, 1686, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Collister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collister Spelling Variations


Historical recordings of the name Collister include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.

Early Notables of the Collister family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Alexander (circa 1570-1640), 1st Earl of Stirling, Scottish government official, knighted in 1614, appointed Governor of the barony of Nova Scotia; William Allestry (Allestrie) (1588-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England (1640-1643)...
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Migration of the Collister family to Ireland


Some of the Collister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 162 words (12 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 Collister family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collister Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Collister, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

Collister Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Richard Collister, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Collister (post 1700)


  • Peter Lyons Collister (b. 1956), American cinematographer
  • Paul Collister (b. 1958), English musicians manager
  • Joseph Douglas Collister (b. 1991), English football player
  • Christine Collister (b. 1961), Manx folk, blues and jazz singer-songwriter

The Collister Motto


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: Per mare, per terras
Motto Translation: By sea, by land.


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