The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Elshire family. Their name comes from 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 borne by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland
following the death of Malcolm III. The name Elshener is a local
or dialectal pronunciation of the name Alexander.
Early Origins of the Elshire family
The surname Elshire was first found in Kintyre
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Elshire family
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Elshire Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Elshire has been recorded as Elshener, Elshenar, Elshender, Alshioner, Alesander, Alexander, Aleschunder, Elchyneur, Elzenour, Alshunder, Alshenour, Elshenour, Alexshunder, Alschunder, Alshenour, Alschunder, Alshonder, Alschoner, Alzenhar, Alzenor, Aschenour, Elchuner, Elshinar, Alshonner, Alshinor, Alshonar, Elsher, Elsender, Elshar and many more.
Early Notables of the Elshire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elshire family to Ireland
Some of the Elshire family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 118 words (8 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 Elshire family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Elshire, or a variant listed above: Nicholas Elshie who settled in Connecticut in 1640; Duncan Alexshunder landed in America in 1685; James Eleshundar settled in Virginia in 1670; and Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling
, who colonized Nova Scotia, in Antigonish, Pictou, the Carolinas, Virginia and Upper Canada. Richard H. Alexander, traveled from Ontario with the ".
The Elshire 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 and by land.