Glennen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Glennen surname is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Fhinneain, a patronymic name created from a Gaelic personal name "Fionnán," from the Gaelic "fionn," meaning "white."
Early Origins of the Glennen family
The surname Glennen was first found in Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The Glennen spelling of this name was first found in Druimdeurfait, in Ross-shire, where they were a branch of the Highland Logans, who lived along Loch Lochy. According to family lore, they descend from Gilliegorm, Chief of the northern Logans, who was killed battling the Clan Fraser. His pregnant wife taken captive by Lord Lovat. Her son, born humped back, was called Crotair MacGilliegorm, the "crooked-back son of Gilliegorm." Fearing future revenge on the Frasers by the boy, he was sent to a monastery at Beauly, where he became a monk. He was said to be an ardent follower of the Irish Saint Fhinan, and one of his children took the name Mac Gillie Fhinan, which eventually became MacLennan.
Early History of the Glennen family
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Glennen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations occur frequently in Scottish names that date from the medieval era. They result from a general lack of grammatical rules and the tendency to spell names according to sound. Glennen has been spelled MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.
Early Notables of the Glennen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glennen family to Ireland
Some of the Glennen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Glennen migration to the United States +
In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North America. They distributed themselves on either side of the border at the time of the War of Independence. United Empire Loyalists went north to Canada and those who wanted a new nation stayed south. Both groups went on to found great nations. Some of the first North American settlers with Glennen name or one of its variants:
Glennen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Glennen, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 
Glennen migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Glennen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Patrick Glennen, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
- John Glennen, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name Glennen (post 1700) +
- Robert Eugene Glennen Jr. PhD (1933-2015), American education administrator, 13th President of Emporia State University (1984-1997), 10th President of Western New Mexico University (1980-1984)
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The Glennen 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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.
- ^ 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)