The MacClennan surname is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Fhinneain, a patronymic
name created from a Gaelic personal name
"Fionnán," from the Gaelic "fionn," meaning "white."
Early Origins of the MacClennan family
The surname MacClennan was first found in Ayrshire
where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan
. The MacClennan spelling of this name was first found in Druimdeurfait, in Ross-shire
, where they were a branch of the Highland Logans, who lived along Loch Lochy. According to family lore, they descend from Gilliegorm, Chief of the northern Logans, who was killed battling the Clan
Fraser. His pregnant wife taken captive by Lord Lovat. Her son, born humped back, was called Crotair MacGilliegorm, the "crooked-back son of Gilliegorm." Fearing future revenge on the Frasers by the boy, he was sent to a monastery at Beauly, where he became a monk. He was said to be an ardent follower of the Irish Saint Fhinan, and one of his children took the name Mac Gillie Fhinan, which eventually became MacLennan.
Early History of the MacClennan family
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MacClennan Spelling Variations
In various documents MacClennan has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.
Early Notables of the MacClennan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacClennan family to Ireland
Some of the MacClennan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 61 words (4 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 MacClennan family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William MacLenan, who arrived in Pictou, N.S. in 1773 aboard the "Hector"; Angus
, Donald, Duncan, Farquhar, John, Roderick, and Rory Maclennan, who were all sent to Barbados in 1745.
Contemporary Notables of the name MacClennan (post 1700)
- Ian MacClennan, American producer of Let's Make a Deal (1980-1981)
- John MacClennan, Canadian political candidate in the Canadian federal election, 1988
- Bridgette MacClennan (1968-2002), British murder victim of Anthony Hardy, an English serial killer
- Richard MacClennan, Canadian skater at the 2009-10 ISU Speed Skating World Cup
The MacClennan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.
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