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Mcelhone Surname History



The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name Mcelhone. It is derived from the Gaelic expression "the son of the servant Storm."


Early Origins of the Mcelhone family


The surname Mcelhone was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Mcelhone family


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Mcelhone Spelling Variations


In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Mcelhone has appeared as MacAloney, McAloney, MacAlonie, McAlonie, MacIlhenny, McIlhenny, MacIlhinny, McIlhinny, MacIlhiney, McIlhiney, MacIlhinney, McIlhinney, MacIldowney, McIldowney, MacIldownie, McIldownie, MacGilloney, McGilloney, MacGillonie, McGillonie, MacAlloon, McAlloon, MacAlooni, McAlooni, MacElheaney, McElheaney, MacElhiney, McElhiney, MacElhinney and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcelhone family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mcelhone family to Ireland


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Migration of the Mcelhone family to the New World and Oceana


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Mcelhone were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Mcelhone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catherine McElhone, aged 21, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • James McElhone, aged 21, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Marie McElhone, aged 20, who settled in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1893

Mcelhone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary McElhone, aged 24, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1902
  • Annie McElhone, aged 19, who settled in America from Tyrone, in 1903
  • James McElhone, aged 38, who emigrated to America from Altagheshan, in 1905
  • Francis McElhone, aged 21, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Grace McElhone, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, Ireland, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mcelhone (post 1700)


  • Henry J. McElhone, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Canal Zone, 1944 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business)
  • Fred H. McElhone, American politician, Village President of Hinsdale, Illinois, 1942
  • Jack McElhone (b. 1993), Scottish actor
  • Helen Margaret McElhone (b. 1933), Scottish politician
  • Francis Patrick "Frank" McElhone (1929-1982), Scottish Labour Party politician
  • John Francis "Johnny" McElhone (b. 1963), Scottish guitarist and songwriter
  • Natascha McElhone (b. 1969), English actress of stage, screen and television

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