islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Leany family. Their name comes from a devotion to St. John.
The surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic
name meaning "son of the servant of Saint John." The Clan
is descended from Eachan Reaganach, (brother of Lachlan the progenitor of the Macleans of Duart). These two brothers were both descended from Gilleathain na Tuaidh, known as 'Gillian of the Battleaxe', a famed warrior of the 5th century. Eachan, or Hector was given the lands of Lochbuie from John, the first Lord of the Isles, some time in the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Leany family
The surname Leany was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan
held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.
Early History of the Leany family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leany research.Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1500, 1745, 1560, 1630, 1582, 1658, 1604, 1666, 1620, 1651, 1649, 1651, 1645, 1674, 1651, 1674, 1650, 1687, 1670, 1716, 1674, 1716, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Leany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leany Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Leany has been written as MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Leany family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Hector MacLean, Lord of Dowart (c.1560-c.1630), Scottish Lord of the Clan
MacLean; Francis Cleyn (Clein, Franz Klein) (c.
1582-1658), a painter and tapestry designer; Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet
, (1604-1666); Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet
of Morvern (c.1620-1651), the 18th Clan
Chief of... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leany Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leany family to Ireland
Some of the Leany family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leany family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leany Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Leany, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
- Patrick Leany, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.