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McEllister History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McEllister family. The root of their name is the given name Alexander, which in turn was originally derived from the Greek name, which means defender of men. In the late 11th century, Queen Margaret introduced the name, which she had heard in the Hungarian Court where she was raised, into Scotland by naming one of her sons Alexander. The popularity of the name Alexander was ensured by the fact that it was born by three Scottish kings, the first being Margaret's son who succeeded to the throne of Scotland following the death of Malcolm III.

Early Origins of the McEllister family


The surname McEllister was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the McEllister family


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Another 548 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1295, 1475, 1602, 1200, 1605, 1615, 1765, 1846, 1431, 1570, 1640, 1614, 1588, 1655, 1640, 1643, 1619, 1681, 1665, 1681, 1620, 1665, 1660, 1665, 1653, 1686, 1797 and are included under the topic Early McEllister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McEllister Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McEllister has been spelled Alexander, Alistair, MacAlexander, Alisandre, Alischoner, Alsinder, Alastair, MacAlexter, Callestar, Aleckander, Alexandri, Alisdair, Alaisder, Alestare, Alistare and many more.

Early Notables of the McEllister family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir William Alexander (circa 1570-1640), 1st Earl of Stirling, Scottish government official, knighted in 1614, appointed Governor of the barony of Nova Scotia; William Allestry (Allestrie) (1588-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England (1640-1643)...
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Migration of the McEllister family to Ireland


Some of the McEllister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McEllister family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McEllister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert McEllister, aged 42, a miller, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 25th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Royal Charlie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/royalcharlie1854.shtml.
  • Edward McEllister, aged 53, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.
  • Edward McEllister, aged 19, a porter, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.
  • Thomas McEllister, aged 25, a porter, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.
  • William McEllister, aged 26, a porter, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.
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The McEllister 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, by land.


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Citations


  1. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 25th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Royal Charlie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/royalcharlie1854.shtml.
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1860.shtml.

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