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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


McAlear Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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McAlear Spelling Variations


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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.

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McAlear Early History


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McAlear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAlear research. Another 139 words (10 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.

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McAlear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McAlear Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McAlear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McAlear In Ireland


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McAlear In Ireland



Some of the McAlear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McAlear Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McAlear, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name McAlear (post 1700)


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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

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


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. 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).
  8. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  11. ...

The McAlear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAlear 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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