MacAlpine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The MacAlpine family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name MacAlpine is derived from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the MacAlpine family
The surname MacAlpine 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." 
Early History of the MacAlpine family
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MacAlpine Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacAlpine has appeared in various documents spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the MacAlpine 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...
Migration of the MacAlpine family to Ireland
Some of the MacAlpine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacAlpine or a variant listed above:
MacAlpine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacAlpine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
MacAlpine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
MacAlpine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
MacAlpine Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century