McAlear History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name McAlear. It is derived from the Gaelic word Mac-Giolla-Uidhir, which literally means son of the pale youth or son of Odhar's servant. [1]

Early Origins of the McAlear family

The surname McAlear was first found in Ayrshire and Galloway, where John McLur and Robert McLure were first listed as followers of the Earl of Casilis in 1526. A few years later in 1532, Tomas Maklure was sergeant of Assize in Carrick. Interestingly, the earliest evidence of a Clan piper was Robert MacLure who was piper to the chief of the Buchanans in 1600. [1]

Early History of the McAlear family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAlear research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1807, 1873 and 1857 are included under the topic Early McAlear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McAlear Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McAlear has appeared as MacClure, MacLure, MacCloor, McLeur, McCloor and others.

Early Notables of the McAlear family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McAlear family to Ireland

Some of the McAlear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada McAlear migration to Canada +

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 McAlear were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McAlear Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McAlear, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name McAlear (post 1700) +

  • Sean McAlear, American visual effects specialist, known for his work in Dolphin Tale (2011), Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse (2012) and Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Nancy McAlear, American actress, known for her work in Urban Legend (1998), Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) and A Map of the World (1999)
  • Michael McAlear, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [2]

The McAlear 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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our actions.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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