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Subject: [ALEXANDER-L] ALEXANDER/ ELSHENER / ALAKSANDU (Surname History) 1400s SCOTLAND
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 14:49:22 +0000
ALEXANDER/ ELSHENER / ALAKSANDU (Surname History) 1400s SCOTLAND
History of ALEXANDER Surname From:> In going
through some of my (Thel Curtis) research materials from Scotland,
^ ran across this information ^ had copied from books while doing
genealogical research in the library in Edinburgh, Scotland:
all excerpts here for critical, scholar review:
The Book: "Anglicised Surnames in Ireland"
Author: Padraig MacGiella-Domhnaigh
Publisher: The GAEL Co-operative Society, LTD.
Dublin - 1923
ALEXANDER - MAC ALSANDAIR - the name Alexander is derived
from a branch of the MC ALISTER Clan, in the first case
from "Alexander McAllister," brother of Angus McAllister,
the ancestor of the McAllisters of Loupe, who was the son of
Alexander MacAllister, LAIRD of Lochaber.
ALEXANDER - means: "defender of men" - (Greek)
Generic name SANDY for a Scot. It was the 83rd commonest
surname in Scotland in 1958. Family name of the "Earls of
ALEXANDER - (Scottish-English) Descendant of Alexander -
meaning - "Helper of mankind."
CLAN MAC ALISTER SEPT - ALEXANDER - Alexander, Lord of
Lochaber (forfeited 1431) had two sons: ANGUS, ancestor
of MacAlister of Loup, Argyll, and ALEXANDER MAC ALISTER
who obtained the lands of Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, in
feud from the family of Argyll. He was the ancestor of the
Earls of Stirling.
** ALEXANDER MAC ALISTER'S posterity took the surname
of ALEXANDER from the Christian name (first name) of their
Sir William Alexander, 7th Baron of Menstrie, was in 1633
created Earl of Stirling, and was the organiser of the
colonisation of Novia Scotia.
Book: "The Surnames of Scotland (Their Origin, Meaning,
Author: George F. Black, Ph.D. - 1946
"ALEXANDER. From Greek, defender of man. Miss Yonge has
pointed out in her "History of Christian Names" that nowhere is the
name ALEXANDER so thoroughly national as in Scotland, into which
country it was introduced by Queen Margaret, wife of King Malcolm
Ceannmor, from the Hungarian Court, where she was brought up.
"Her third son was the first of the three ALEXANDERS, under whom
the country spent her most prosperous days. The death of the last
was a signal for the long death-feud between the northern and
southern kingdoms, and all the consequent miseries" (I, p. 200, 201).
So popular indeed became the name in Scotland that ALEXANDER
in its diminutive form SANDY is even more the national name than
As a surname ALEXANDER is very common on the west coast, where,
according to the authors of CLAN DONALD, some of the descend-
ants of Godfry, secon son of Alastair Mor, appear to have settled
in the Carrick district of Ayrshire, and several territorial families of
MACALEXANDER from this stock were prominent in that region, e.g.
the MACALEXANDERS OF DALTUPENE, DALREOCH, CORSCLAYS,
etc. About the end of the seventeenth century they dropped the
"MAC" (CLAN DONALD, III, p. 199).
The Alexanders of Menstrie claimed to be connected with the
Clan Donald and to be closely allied in blood with the Macallisters
of Loup. Gilbert, son of Donald, son of Alastair Mor, got a grant
of lands in Stirlingshire in 1330. There is no further trace of this
family until the beginning of the sixteenth century, when they are
found settled in Clackmannanshire (ibid., III, p. 189).
William Alexander was connected with the accounts of the city of
Edinburgh in 1435 (ER., iv, p. 663), Robert Alexander was a
granger in Feichly and Drummeloch in Strathdon in 1438 (ER, v,
p. 56), and the name is of frequent occurrence in the Moray
rentals in the first half of the sixteenth century (Sc. Peer., VIII,
The name was early adoped into Gaelic, appearing as
ALAXANDAIR in the Gaelic genealogical manuscript of 1467
(now spelled ALASDAIR), and as a patronymic it appears as
M'ALASDAIR, whence the well-known Macalister, Macallister,
Aleckander 1501 Alisandre 1424
Alisschonder 1536 Alschinder 1546
Alschoner 1613 Alschunder 1581
Alshander 1581 Alshunder 1597
The name is said to occur in Hittite as ALAKSANDU. See also ELSHENER.
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