MacCaslin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Clan from whom the MacCaslin family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the Gaelic form of Absolom, which means peace. Historically this name can be found in The Bible, as the name of the third son of King David, who was killed for rebellion against his father.

Early Origins of the MacCaslin family

The surname MacCaslin 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 held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the MacCaslin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCaslin research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1421, 1692, 1766, 1692, 1716 and are included under the topic Early MacCaslin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacCaslin Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name MacCaslin 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 MacAuslan, MacAslan, MacAsland, MacAusland, MacAuslane, Mac Auslin, MacCauslan, MacCausland, MacCauseland and many more.

Early Notables of the MacCaslin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Baron Alexander MacAuslan who reputedly killed the Duke of Clarence, brother of King Henry V of England at the Battle of Beauge in Normandy in 1421. Further to the south in Wales, William Caslon the Elder (1692-1766), the famous type-founder, was born in 1692 at Cradley, Worcestershire, near Halesowen, Shropshire. He served his apprenticeship to...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCaslin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the MacCaslin family to Ireland

Some of the MacCaslin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacCaslin migration to the United States +

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:

MacCaslin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Catherine A. MacCaslin, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [1]
  • Wilburn MacCaslin, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Alfenas" from Nantes, France [2]
  • Cherser Mac Caslin, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France [3]


The MacCaslin 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: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.




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