Cloud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cloud family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family 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 Cloud family

The surname Cloud 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 Cloud family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cloud research. Another 380 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1597, 1613, 1715, 1745, and 1777 are included under the topic Early Cloud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cloud Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Cloud include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.

Early Notables of the Cloud 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)...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cloud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cloud migration to the United States +

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cloud or a variant listed above:

Cloud Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Cloud, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Joseph Cloud, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1681 [1]
  • William Cloud, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Cloud Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J C Cloud, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • W P Cloud, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Dr.W. Cloud, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Charles E. Cloud, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Cloud Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick W. Cloud, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Margaret R. Cloud, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • John W. Cloud, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Marshall Cloud, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Katharine M. P. Cloud, aged 13, who landed in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cloud (post 1700) +

  • Vivian A. Cloud, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Pearl Cloud, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1972 [2]
  • Newton Cloud, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1837-38; Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Morgan County, 1847 [2]
  • N. B. Cloud, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1872 [2]
  • Michael E. Cloud, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 2002 [2]
  • Michael Cloud, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Nevada, 1998 [2]
  • Marion E. Cloud, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Manchester, 1917-20 [2]
  • H. B. Cloud, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1928 [2]
  • Edward Iron III Cloud, American Democrat politician, Elected South Dakota State House of Representatives 27th District 2010 [2]
  • E. B. Cloud, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 32nd District, 1915-16 [2]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Cloud +

  • 2369 "The Martin-Cloude Families" by Lewis Sasse.

  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 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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