The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the McAllester family. The root of their name is the Gaelic Mac Alasdair "son of Alasdair," which correlates to the personal name
Early Origins of the McAllester family
The surname McAllester was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, where Alasdair Mòr was listed on record in 1253, as witnessing a charter by his brother, Aonghas Mór a Íle, to the Paisley Abbey.
Early History of the McAllester family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAllester research.Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early McAllester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McAllester Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. McAllester has been spelled MacAlister, MacAllister, MacAllaster, MacAllestair, MacAllester, MacAllister and many more.
Early Notables of the McAllester family (pre 1700)
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAllester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McAllester family to Ireland
Some of the McAllester family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McAllester family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McAllesters to arrive in North America: Charles MacAlister settled in Philadelphia in 1808; Daniel, David, Denis, James, John, Robert, Thomas and William MacAlister all arrived in Philadelphia between 1830 and 1870..
The McAllester 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.