McErlane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

MacErlean is a phonetic interpretation of the Irish Mac (an) Fhirleighinn, which means the son of the learned man or lector.

Early Origins of the McErlane family

The surname McErlane was first found in near Sligo town, County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, in the 15th century.

Important Dates for the McErlane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McErlane research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1603 and 1660 are included under the topic Early McErlane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McErlane Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacErlean, MacErlen, MacErlyn, McErlean, McErlane, McErlain and many more.

Early Notables of the McErlane family (pre 1700)

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McErlane migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McErlane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James McErlane, who immigrated to New York in 1851

McErlane migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McErlane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry McErlane, (b. 1954), aged 22, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Pomona" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1876 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McErlane (post 1700)

  • James McErlane, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008

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  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
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