Ellisoune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Ellisoune family. Their name comes from the name for the son of "Ellis" or Ellis' son. Conversely, the surname could be is derived from "Alice" as in "the son of Alice." It is likely though that the name was derived from "Ellis" rather than the female personal name. 
Early Origins of the Ellisoune family
The surname Ellisoune was first found in the county of Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they acquired some time before 1300 the territories of their family seat at Loupe. They were descended from Angus Mor MacDonnell, Lord of the Isles, their Gaelic name was MacAllister, and it is difficult through history to distinguish one name from the other.
Important Dates for the Ellisoune family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellisoune research. Another 42 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1314 are included under the topic Early Ellisoune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellisoune Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Ellisoune has been spelled Allison, Alison, Alinson, Allinson, McAllister, MacAllister, Ellison and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellisoune family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Ellisoune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ellisoune family to Ireland
Some of the Ellisoune family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 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 Ellisoune family
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ellisounes to arrive on North American shores: William Allison who settled in Pennsylvania in 1764.
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- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)