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On the Scottish west coast, the MacLean family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. 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.

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The surname MacLean was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.

In various documents MacLean has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLean 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 MacLean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 MacLean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the MacLean 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.

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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:

MacLean Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Maclean, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

MacLean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Maclean, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • Allan MacLean, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Neil MacLean, who landed in New York in 1770
  • John MacLean, who arrived in America in 1775

MacLean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget MacLean, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Owen MacLean, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Peter MacLean, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Thomas MacLean, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Henry Clinton Maclean, who arrived in New York in 1835

MacLean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Archibald Maclean U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Donald MacLean U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

MacLean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Don Maclean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • John Maclean, aged 10, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Kath Maclean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Margaret Maclean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary Maclean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
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MacLean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John MacLean, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Donald MacLean arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
  • Edward Maclean, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • Thomas Maclean, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • Allan Maclean, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
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MacLean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert MacLean landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Every MacLean landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • D MacLean landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • S. F. Maclean arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874
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  • Paul D. MacLean (1913-2007), American physician and neuroscientist
  • Bryan Andrew MacLean (1946-1998), American singer, guitarist and songwriter
  • Norman Fitzroy Maclean (1902-1990), American author, and professor of English at University of Chicago
  • John MacLean (1800-1886), American educator, president of Princeton University (1854-1868)
  • Sorley MacLean (1911-1996), critically acclaimed Scottish poet
  • Dougie MacLean OBE (b. 1954), Scottish singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer
  • Craig MacLean MBE (b. 1971), Scottish five-time gold, six-time silver and four-time bronze medalist track cyclist
  • John Maclean MA (1879-1923), Scottish schoolteacher and revolutionary socialist
  • Steven George "Steve" MacLean (b. 1982), Scottish footballer
  • Alistair Maclean (1922-1987), Scottish author who wrote popular thrillers, best known for The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare, all of which became very successful films
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MacLean Historic Events



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  • Mr. Hugh W P Maclean (b. 1911), Scottish Ordinary Coder serving for the Royal Navy from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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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: Virtue mine honour
Motto Translation: Virtue is my honour.

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacLean
Beaton, Beatson, Beatton, Beddon, Bedon, Beeton, Beth, Betton, Bey, Biddon, Bidon, Clain, Claine, Claing, Claink, Clean, Cleand, Cleane, Cleant, Cleen, Cleend, Cleent, Cleind, Cleint, Cleyn, Cleynd, Douey, Douie, Dowey, Dowie, Fadan, Fadand, Fadane, Fadant, Faddan, Faddand, Faddane, Faddant, Fadden, Faddend, Faddent, Faddgin, Faddian, Faddiand, Faddiane, Faddiant, Faddien, Faddiend, Faddient, Faddin and more.

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    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
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    The MacLean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacLean Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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