Show ContentsClode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the Clode family. Their name comes from the personal name Leod. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Leoid, which means son of Leod, son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Northern Isles. Olaf was from a dynasty of Norse Kings, who, for centuries held the Isles. They were in turn descended from King Halfdan the Stingy, a King who was reputed to be descended from the god Frey. Leod held the island of Lewis, the mainland Glenelg and part of Skye in about 1195 AD. It was his two sons who founded the two great branches of the Siol Tormod and the Siol Torquil.

Early Origins of the Clode family

The surname Clode was first found in on the Isle of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where the Siol Tormod branch held the territories of Harris, Glenelg and Dunvegan Castle in Skye; while the Siol Torquil branch held Assynt and Cadboll, and the Island of Ramasay. There were no title deeds for these territories as they had been considered possessions of Norway. Yet when King Haakon asserted his authority over the lands in 1263 King Alexander resisted. Although the Scottish King Alexander signed the Treaty of Perth allowing payment of rent to Norway for all these lands, it was never paid and the whole of the western Isles became Scottish possessions.

Early History of the Clode family

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Clode Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of Clode have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.

Early Notables of the Clode family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir Roderick MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle who led 600 of his Clansmen to Ireland to assist in O'Donnell's rebellion and Lord MacLeod's Highlanders (73rd Regiment - later the 71st Regiment)...
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United States Clode migration to the United States +

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Clode family emigrate to North America:

Clode Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H.N. Clode, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1894
  • Wm. W. B. Clode, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1895
Clode Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • E. G. Clode, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Mr. I.J. Clode, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Eva Clode, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Annie Mary Clode, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Newport, England, in 1912
  • James Clode, aged 54, who landed in America from Newport, England, in 1912
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New Zealand Clode migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clode Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George W.C. Clode, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 13th February 1857 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clode (post 1700) +

  • Brent Clode (1963-1988), New Zealand sprint canoer who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Millie Clode (b. 1982), stage name of Camilla Charlotte Ford (nee Clode), an English television presenter

  1. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook