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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish
In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McLean family were born. 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.
Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McLean has been spelled MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
First found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLean 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 McLean History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 209 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McLean 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.
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McLeans to arrive on North American shores:
McLean Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Andrew McLean, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
McLean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Catharine McLean, who arrived in New York in 1739
- Allan McLean, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1740
- Duncan McLean, who settled in Boston in 1766
- James Elizabeth, Anne, Daniel, James, and Lettice McLean who were all on record in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
- Duncan McLean, who arrived in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1767
McLean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles McLean, who landed in Ohio in 1805
- Daniel McLean, aged 25, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
- Archibald McLean, aged 43, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
- James McLean, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
- Jane McLean, who arrived in New York in 1833
McLean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jennett McLean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mrs. Elizabeth McLean U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. Finlay McLean U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. Hugh McLean U.E. who settled in Didgeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. John McLean U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
McLean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ann McLean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Isobel McLean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Janet McLean, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Hector McLean, who arrived in Canada in 1812
- Christina McLean, aged 25, arrived in Canada in 1812-1814
McLean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Donald McLean, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Hugh McLean, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- Donald McLean a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- Christina McLean arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- Rachel McLean arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
- James McLean, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
- Katherine McLean, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
- Margaret McLean, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
- Helen McLean, aged under 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
McLean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Archibald McLean, aged 23, a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Catherine McLean, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Elizabeth McLean, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Archibald McLean arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- John McLean, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- John McLean (1878-1955), American Olympian who won a silver medal for 110m hurdles at the 1900 games
- Brigadier-General Milton Robbins McLean (1874-1956), American Commanding Officer 161st Field Atillery Regimenty (1923-1925)
- Malcom Purcell McLean (1913-2001), American entrepreneur, often called "the father of containerization" named "Man of the Century" by the International Maritime Hall of Fame
- J. L. McLean, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 2nd District, 1902-03
- J. S. McLean, American politician, Mayor of Du Quoin, Illinois, 1868-69
- James McLean, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1863
- James Henry McLean (1829-1886), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri 2nd District, 1882-83; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1884
- James Robert McLean (1823-1870), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature, 1850-51; Representative from North Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64
- John McLean, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1801-06; Member of New York State Senate Eastern District, 1807-11
- John McLean Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington and Warren counties, 1817-18; Member of New York State Senate 4th District, 1829-32, 1837
- The Way We Were by Alethea Mary Wallack McClain.
- MacLean, the Family of Judge Alney and Tabitha McLean of Greenvilee, Kentucky by Sally Stone Trotter.
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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- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The McLean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLean 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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