Show ContentsMcAloon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McAloon is the Gaelic expression "the son of the servant Storm."

Early Origins of the McAloon family

The surname McAloon 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 they held a family seat from early times.

One of the first records of the family was "Celestine Mac Alowne [who] received a grant of Balemakinrain (now Ballikinrain) in the earldom of Lennox from his kinsman Donald, earl of Lennox, c. 1333-1364. John Macalowne [appeared on an] inquest at Nam in 1431. " [1]

Early History of the McAloon family

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McAloon Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McAloon has appeared as MacAloney, McAloney, MacAlonie, McAlonie, MacIlhenny, McIlhenny, MacIlhinny, McIlhinny, MacIlhiney, McIlhiney, MacIlhinney, McIlhinney, MacIldowney, McIldowney, MacIldownie, McIldownie, MacGilloney, McGilloney, MacGillonie, McGillonie, MacAlloon, McAlloon, MacAlooni, McAlooni, MacElheaney, McElheaney, MacElhiney, McElhiney, MacElhinney and many more.

Early Notables of the McAloon family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McAloon family to Ireland

Some of the McAloon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 100 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McAloon migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McAloon were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McAloon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McAloon, who landed in New York in 1834 [2]
McAloon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bridget McAloon, aged 17, who landed in America from Fermanagh, in 1904
  • Mary McAloon, aged 15, who landed in America from Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1904
  • Jane McAloon, aged 30, who settled in America from Galston, Scotland, in 1907
  • Michael McAloon, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Kate McAloon, aged 34, who immigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McAloon (post 1700) +

  • Karen McAloon (b. 1968), American designer and host of the television show Find Your Style on HGTV
  • Sean McAloon (1923-1998), Irish piper and pipe maker from the Rosslea area of County Fermanagh
  • Patrick Joseph "Paddy" McAloon (b. 1957), English singer-songwriter and member of the band Prefab Sprout

The McAloon 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: Aonaibh ri cheile
Motto Translation: Unite.

  1. 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)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook