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The ancestors of the McAllaster family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the Gaelic Mac Alasdair "son of Alasdair," which correlates to the personal name Alexander.

McAllaster Early Origins



The surname McAllaster 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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McAllaster Spelling Variations


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McAllaster Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McAllaster has been spelled MacAlister, MacAllister, MacAllaster, MacAllestair, MacAllester, MacAllister and many more.

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McAllaster Early History


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McAllaster Early History



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

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McAllaster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McAllaster Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McAllaster In Ireland


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McAllaster In Ireland



Some of the McAllaster 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McAllaster were among those contributors:

McAllaster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas McAllaster, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1774

McAllaster Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • W McAllaster, aged 31, who emigrated to America, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name McAllaster (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McAllaster (post 1700)



  • Eugene Loring McAllaster (1866-1961), American naval architect and engineer based in Seattle, Washington
  • George D. McAllaster, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County 2nd District, 1879

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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. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

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