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Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, McAlinden appeared as Mac Giolla Fhiondain, which refers to a descendant of a devotee of St. Fintan.


The surname McAlinden was first found in counties Armagh and Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they were anciently known as the Mac Giolla Fhiondain, devotees of St. Fintan an ancient sept of Oriel,(roughly equivalent to Ulster,) and the clann being one of the founding septs of Northern Ireland.

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the McAlinden family name include McAlinden, McAlindan, McAlindon, Glindon, Lindon, Glendon, McLindon, MacLindon, MacAlindon, MacClendon, McClendon, McLinden, McGlindon, MacGlindon, McGlendon and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAlinden research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1650 is included under the topic Early McAlinden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name McAlinden:

McAlinden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sarah Jane McAlinden, aged 45, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1901
  • Joseph McAlinden, aged 21, who settled in America from Lurgan, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary McAlinden, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Armagh, Ireland, in 1907
  • Henry McAlinden, aged 2, who landed in America from Nenagh, Ireland, in 1907
  • John McAlinden, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1911
  • ...

  • Robert McAlinden (b. 1952), American professional football player
  • James "Jimmy" McAlinden (1917-1993), Irish footballer who played from 1934 to 1955, member of the Ireland National Team (1937-1948)
  • Robert J. "Bobby" McAlinden (b. 1946), English former professional footballer who played from 1963 to 1981
  • Liam James McAlinden (b. 1993), English-born Irish footballer
  • Kevin McAlinden, former British footballer from Northern Ireland who represented Great Britain at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Danny McAlinden (b. 1947), retired British heavyweight boxer from Newry, Northern Ireland

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    Other References

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    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
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