MacGapyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the MacGapyn family. The root of their name is the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the MacGapyn family
The surname MacGapyn 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 MacGapyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGapyn 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 MacGapyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacGapyn Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. MacGapyn has been spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the MacGapyn 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...
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Migration of the MacGapyn family to Ireland
Some of the MacGapyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacGapyn family
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacGapyns to arrive in North America: Robert MacAlpin, who settled in New York State in 1740; William MacAlpine settled in New York in 1774; Hugh and James MacAlpin settled in New York in 1811. James Alpin was registered as a United Empire Loyalist..
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.