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Cleelynd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The chronicles of the Cleelynd family show that the name was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for a person who lived in Clelland, near Motherwell, Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Cleelynd family


The surname Cleelynd 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 Cleelynd family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleelynd research.
Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1661 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Cleelynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cleelynd Spelling Variations


The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Cleelynd has been spelled Clelland, Cleland, Cleeland and others.

Early Notables of the Cleelynd family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Cleelynd family to Ireland


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


The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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 Cleelynd 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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