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Cleelane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Cleelane. The Cleelane family lived in Clelland, near Motherwell, Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Cleelane family


The surname Cleelane was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Cleelane family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleelane research.
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Cleelane Spelling Variations


The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Cleelane has appeared as Clelland, Cleland, Cleeland and others.

Early Notables of the Cleelane family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cleelane family to Ireland


Some of the Cleelane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cleelane family to the New World and Oceana


As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: George, and James Cleland, who arrived in Baltimore in 1804; Charles Cleland settled in Boston in 1820; John and Samuel arrived in New York State in 1811..

The Cleelane 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: Non sibi
Motto Translation: Not for himself.


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