Clellan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, Clellan was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Clelland, near Motherwell, Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Clellan family

The surname Clellan 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 Clellan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clellan research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1661, 1689, 1674, 1741, 1723, 1741, 1709, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Clellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clellan Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Clellan has been spelled Clelland, Cleland, Cleeland and others.

Early Notables of the Clellan family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Cleland, gamekeeper to the Marquess of Douglas; and his son, William Cleland (ca.1661-1689), a Scottish poet and soldier. William Cleland (1674?-1741), was a "friend of Pope, of Scotch birth. He studied at Utrecht, served in Spain under...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clellan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Clellan family to Ireland

Some of the Clellan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Clellan migration to the United States +

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Clellan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Clellan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clellan (post 1700) +

  • Clellan Card, American radio broadcaster
  • Clellan S. Forsythe (1895-1953), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; Automobile dealer; Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1945-48 [2]


The Clellan 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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