McGapen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the McGapen family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the son of the blond one, or son of Alpin.
Early Origins of the McGapen family
The surname McGapen 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.
Further to the south, the variant Alby hailed from Alby, a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk. "This place, which was anciently called Oslby, is intersected by the road from Aylsham to Cromer, and includes the hamlets of Alby Common and Alby Hill." 
Early History of the McGapen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGapen research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1395, 1405, 1531, 1557, 1658, 1725 and 1692 are included under the topic Early McGapen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGapen Spelling Variations
In various documents McGapen has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacAlpine, MacAlpin, MacAilpein (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the McGapen 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...
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Migration of the McGapen family to Ireland
Some of the McGapen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McGapen family
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McGapen 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..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.