Alexander Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Alexander Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Alexander

The origin of the name Alexander was found in the archives. Alexander is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Alexander', a very old personal name with its roots meaning 'defender of man'. Although numerous throughout the countries of Ireland and England , it is nowhere more national as in Scotland , from hence it was introduced by Queen Margaret, wife of King Malcolm Ceannmor of the Hungarian court. Her third son was the first of three Alexanders, of which the death of the last was the signal for the long feud between the southern and northern Kingdoms. As a name, stories of prodigious achievements, many of them miraculous, caused it to be immensely admired. In Ireland the name Alexander has a number of anglicized forms including Elshinder and MacCalshender and is rendered in Gaelic as MacAlsandair. In modern times the name is most often associated with Counties Down and Antrim.
The Alexander coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Alexander descendants.
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