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The Clan from whom the MacAlister family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the Gaelic Mac Alasdair "son of Alasdair," which correlates to the personal name Alexander.

MacAlister Early Origins



The surname MacAlister was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dl Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where Alasdair Mr was listed on record in 1253, as witnessing a charter by his brother, Aonghas Mr a le, to the Paisley Abbey.

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MacAlister Spelling Variations


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MacAlister Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name MacAlister include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacAlister, MacAllister, MacAllaster, MacAllestair, MacAllester, MacAllister and many more.

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MacAlister Early History


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MacAlister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAlister research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early MacAlister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAlister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacAlister Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAlister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAlister In Ireland


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MacAlister In Ireland



Some of the MacAlister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

MacAlister Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jam MacAlister, who arrived in Virginia in 1696

MacAlister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Macalister, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Hugh MacAlister, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733

MacAlister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles MacAlister settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • Anthony MacAlister, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Daniel MacAlister, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • I MacAlister, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James Macalister, who landed in America in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacAlister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James MacAlister arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  • James MacAlister arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacAlister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacAlister (post 1700)



  • C. Harry MacAlister, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii, 1964
  • Patrick MacAlister (1826-1895), Irish Roman Catholic Prelate, 24th Lord Bishop of Down and Connor
  • Robert Lachlan Macalister (1890-1967), New Zealand politician, Mayor of Wellington from 1950 to 1956
  • Colonel Norman Macalister, Lieutenant-Governor of Prince of Wales Isle (1808 to 1810)
  • Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister (1870-1950), Irish archaeologist
  • Sir Donald MacAlister (1854-1934), 1st Baronet of Tarbert, physician, and principal and vice-chancellor
  • Arthur Macalister (1818-1883), three-time Premier of Queensland, Australia

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Motto


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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.


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MacAlister Clan Badge


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MacAlister Clan Badge




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MacAlister Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacAlister
Ailasdair, Ailason, Ailinson, Ailison, Aillason, Aillinson, Aillison, Aillysolm, Aillysom, Aillysomb, Aillysombe, Aillysome, Aillysone, Aillysoom, Aillysoomb, Aillysoombe, Aillysown, Aillysum, Aillysume, Ailysolm, Ailysom, Ailysomb, Ailysombe, Ailysome, Ailysone, Ailysoom, Ailysoomb, Ailysoombe, Ailysown, Ailysum, Ailysume, Alasdair, Alason, Aleson, Alinson, Alisen, Alison, Alisson, Allasdair, Allason, Alleson, Allestair, Allester, Allinson, Allisan, Allisand, Allisane, Allisant, Allisen, Allisend and more.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm

Other References

  1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  11. ...

The MacAlister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacAlister Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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