Show ContentsMcAliverray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name McAliverray come from its first bearer, who was a person born in the wintertime having derived from the Old English word wintar, meaning wet season. [1]

Early Origins of the McAliverray family

The surname McAliverray was first found in Gloucestershire.

"The natural seasons gave personal names in the same way. ' Summer and Winter are both ancient names; in the Cod. Dip. Alamannioe there are two brothers called respectively Sumar and Winter, A.D. 858. Winter was also the name of one of the companions of Hereward the Saxon. 'Although a pre - Norman personal name, Winter survived the Conquest, and attained hereditary honours as a surname in the 13th cent. " [2]

Another source postulates "most probably the Old English personal name Wintra (A.D. 699) and Uuintra (A.D. 704), associated in the popular mind with Old English winter, 'winter'. " [3]

And another notes "Winter was the name of one of the companions of the Anglo-Saxon Hereward, and Winter and Sommer are both German and modern Danish names. " [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Wynter Mariot in Norfolk and Gelle Winter in Cambridgeshire, so as you can see the name was in use as both a forename and surname from very early times. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Elsi, son of Winter, had a grant of the lands of Thirlstane from Hugh de Morville before 1162. Jop Wyntyr was a charter witness at Yester in 1374. " [3]

Early History of the McAliverray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAliverray research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1447, 1452, 1474, 1487, 1488, 1494, 1379, 1572, 1606, 1589, 1646, 1645, 1646, 1600, 1673, 1600, 1603, 1666, 1622, 1686, 1661, 1665, 1665, 1668 and are included under the topic Early McAliverray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McAliverray Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. McAliverray has been spelled many different ways, including Winter, Winters, Wynter and others.

Early Notables of the McAliverray family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Winter or Wintour (1572-1606), an English conspirator, the younger brother of Robert Winter of Huddington, Worcestershire. "They were descended from Wintor, the castellan of Carnarvon, their name being originally Gwyntou. The family settled at Wych in the reign of Edward I, and there remained till Roger Wintor in the reign of Henry VI married the coheiress of Huddington and Cassy. George Winter, the father of Robert and Thomas by his first wife, Jane Ingleby, was the son of Robert Winter of Cavewell, Gloucestershire. " [5] Admiral Sir William Winter or Wynter (d. 1589)...
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Ireland Migration of the McAliverray family to Ireland

Some of the McAliverray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McAliverray family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McAliverrays to arrive in North America: John Winter, who settled in Maine in 1616; four years before the "Mayflower"; Robert Winter settled in Virginia in 1616; four years before the ".

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. 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)
  4. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook