Welcome to The McElrath Site!
This is a family site run by Bob McElrath, for my own use and the
use of other McElrath's. If your last name is McElrath, feel free
to inquire about an email
address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org! (If there is enough
interest I will make arrangements to host web pages like
http://your_name.mcelrath.org/ as well)
I am a post-doctoral fellow in in theoretical particle physics at CERN. I
earned by Ph.D. from the University of
Wisconsin, before taking my first post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis. I keep a personal site
here also. SPIRES at the SLAC laboratory is the best place to find a list
of my professional publications. I am an avid user and contributor to open
source software, including the Debian project, linux, and a few projects of my
own. I am interested in all things related to space, and in particular going to Mars.
There are a few "famous" McElrath's out there with an internet
presence (I don't know most of these people, but I know how to use Google). I'm
proud to have such accomplished people sharing my name (and maybe a
little blood too!):
Also visit our sister site, themcelraths.net which is owned by
John Linsley McElrath and Margaret Anne Olds, and their children.
- Brian T.
McElrath runs a Chocolatier in
Minneapolis (yes you can order online)
- Someone named McElrath runs McElrath Trailers
in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
- The Stuart
McElrath Company is an engineering consulting firm specializing in
foundries and computers.
- Mike McElrath runs a booking agency for
hunting and fishing trips in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Steve McElrath is a
photographer in Tacoma, WA.
Juliana McElrath is working on an AIDS vaccine and is a profesor of
medicine at the University of Washington.
- Katherine McElrath
is a flutist with
the Oakland East Bay Symphony and music school faculty at the Southern
- The Swingin' Medallions
is a beach music, frat rock, R&B, and shaggin' music band out of
Greenwood, South Carolina with several McElrath members including Jayne, John, Shawn, and Shane.
McElrath is a football player at Washington State University.
- Lori McElrath-Eislick
is a children's book illustrator.
Sybil McElrath was an author, poet, and civic leader.
- Karen McElrath is
a sociologist at Queen's University in Belfast who studies drug use,
among other things.
Quon McElrath led an important dock strike in 1949.
- Joseph R.
McElrath, Jr. is a professor of English at Florida State University.
McElrath is a photographer in Orange County.
McElrath is an attorney in Pittsburgh.
- Brian McElrath (my uncle) is a
musician and paramedic in Jacksonville, FL.
- Patrick McElrath is a Army Ranger
veteran of Operation Just Cause and software and web developer
- Your name could be here too!
The family name McElrath has a significant geneaology,
- There is a geneaology
forum for the name with several hundred messages, and a smaller
one at ancestry.com. This is where to look for long-lost
- We are members of the Clan MacDonald.
Clan MacDonald is the most powerful of the clans. Their motto is "By sea and
- My family hails from the Isle of
article), which was ruled by the MacDonald clan from about 1476 to
1971, when the family decided to convert their castle Armadale
unto a Museum now known as the Clan Donald Centre.
- Famine in the 18th century severely reduced the population on the Isle of
Skye. Today there are less than 10,000 people living there.
- According to Ron Mackelwrath, a historian in Surrey England, The Gaelic
spelling is Mac-Gille-Riabhaich, which means "son of the
brindled lad" (I think "brindled" basically means freckled, I've also seen it
defined as "grizzled" which refers to a mix of gray and black hair). You
will see the middle word Gille also spelled Giolla and 'ille. Also "Mac",
meaning "son of" is also spelled Mc, Mhic, Mick, Mack, and Mac. Riabhaich is
also spelled Riabhaigh by some Irish with the same Gaelic name.
- One family is said to have held the office of hereditary bard to the
MacDonalds of Sleat. (I
believe this is the McElraths, but if you have more info please email me)
Sleat is pronounced "slate" rather than "sleet". They have a tartan and a clan badge (on the
- There are other Mac-Gille-Riabhaichs from Islay, Kintyre and Jura.
- An interesting story about the
Mac-Gille-Riabhaichs relates the name Darroch to Mac-Gille-Riabhaich. It
is the third item on the page, under "The History of the Macdonalds".
- A bond of manrent (a written agreement whereby a free person becomes a
follower of someone who could protect him, who would in turn undertake to
support and maintain him) was signed between the M'Ilwraiths and the lord of
the Isles at Castle Camus (Knock), Sleat, Skye on August 13 1632. Apparently
this practice was banned in 1617, but continued illegally, especially during
the civil wars of the 17th century.
- Sleat is a penninsula
at the southern end of the Isle of Skye.
- There is a small lake Loch Mhic'ille
Riabhaich(4th picture down), 12.5 Hectares. It is somewhere in the 10km
square map NG98 on the Ordinance Survey (UK mapping agency) grid. It is
roughly 20km west-southwest of Ullapool).
This is on the Scottish mainland, not on the Isle of Skye.
- In Kilmuir, Skye, there is a place called Baile Mhic Ileriabhaich
'township of the Macgilleriabhachs.' (source)
- John Linsley McElrath has compiled a list of McElrath's who
served in the Civil War.
- If you have any more interesting historical/geneaological information,
I'd be interested to hear about
This site is dedicated to my grandmother, Lois Gebert (formerly Lois McElrath).
Bob McElrath, Geneva,
Switzerland 29 September 2009.