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McAllister Surname OriginThe son of Alister, the Gaelic, for Alexander. Callester, in the Welsh, signifies a flint, figuratively, an invincible man. Galluster, in Cornish British, expresses might, power. SeeAlexander
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
McAllister Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A McAllister Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes