Gapen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Gapen is the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.

Early Origins of the Gapen family

The surname Gapen 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.

Further to the south, the variant Alby hailed from Alby, a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk. "This place, which was anciently called Oslby, is intersected by the road from Aylsham to Cromer, and includes the hamlets of Alby Common and Alby Hill." [1]

Important Dates for the Gapen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gapen research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Gapen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gapen Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Gapen has appeared as MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Gapen 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 Gapen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gapen family to Ireland

Some of the Gapen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gapen migration to the United States

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Gapen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Gapen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Gapen, who landed in Georgia in 1735 [2]
Gapen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J L Gapen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gapen (post 1700)

  • William E. Gapen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860 [3]
  • W. E. Gapen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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