The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the McCapen family. The root of their name is the son of the blond one,
or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the McCapen family
The surname McCapen 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 were descended from King Kenneth MacAlpin who was murdered by the Picts
near Dundee in the year 834. MacAlpin is generally considered to have been the first king to rule both Scots and Picts
, and as such, was the first king of Scotland.
Early History of the McCapen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCapen research.Another 385 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early McCapen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCapen Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McCapen has appeared in various documents spelled MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the McCapen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Sir John MacAlpin; John MacAlpine (Latin: Maccabeus) (died 1557), a Scottish Protestant theologian; and Joseph Capen (1658-1725), a Massachusetts clergyman who during... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCapen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCapen family to Ireland
Some of the McCapen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 McCapen family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McCapen or a variant listed above: Robert MacAlpin, who settled in New York State in 1740; William MacAlpine settled in New York in 1774; Hugh and James MacAlpin settled in New York in 1811. James Alpin was registered as a United Empire Loyalist..