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McAlester is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from the Gaelic Mac Alasdair "son of Alasdair," which correlates to the personal name Alexander.

McAlester Early Origins



The surname McAlester was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dl Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where Alasdair Mr was listed on record in 1253, as witnessing a charter by his brother, Aonghas Mr a le, to the Paisley Abbey.

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McAlester Spelling Variations


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McAlester Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McAlester has been spelled MacAlister, MacAllister, MacAllaster, MacAllestair, MacAllester, MacAllister and many more.

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McAlester Early History


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McAlester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAlester research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early McAlester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McAlester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McAlester Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAlester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McAlester In Ireland


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McAlester In Ireland



Some of the McAlester family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 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



The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McAlester arrived in North America very early:

McAlester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard McAlester, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Mary McAlester, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Catherine McAlester, aged 58, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • John McAlester, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1775

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Contemporary Notables of the name McAlester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McAlester (post 1700)



  • James Jackson McAlester (1842-1920), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, 1911-15. Founder of McAlester, Oklahoma

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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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    2. 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).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 10 February 2016 at 13:34.

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