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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Lean family were born. Their name comes from a devotion to St. John. The surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic name meaning "son of the servant of Saint John." The Clan is descended from Eachan Reaganach, (brother of Lachlan the progenitor of the Macleans of Duart). These two brothers were both descended from Gilleathain na Tuaidh, known as 'Gillian of the Battleaxe', a famed warrior of the 5th century. Eachan, or Hector was given the lands of Lochbuie from John, the first Lord of the Isles, some time in the 14th century.

Lean Early Origins



The surname Lean was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.

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Lean Spelling Variations


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Lean Spelling Variations



In various documents Lean has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

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Lean Early History


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Lean Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lean research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1500, 1745, 1560, 1630, 1582, 1658, 1604, 1666, 1620, 1651, 1649, 1651, 1645, 1674, 1651, 1674, 1650, 1687, 1670, 1716, 1674, 1716, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Lean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lean Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lean Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Hector MacLean, Lord of Dowart (c.1560-c.1630), Scottish Lord of the Clan MacLean; Francis Cleyn (Clein, Franz Klein) ( c. 1582-1658), a painter and tapestry designer; Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet, (1604-1666); Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet of Morvern (c.1620-1651), the 18th Clan Chief of...

Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lean In Ireland


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Lean In Ireland



Some of the Lean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Lean or a variant listed above include:

Lean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Lean, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Peter Lean, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Thomas Lean, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Archival M Lean, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Charles C Lean, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Lean Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Lean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jean Pierre Lean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Jean Lean, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • John Lean, who landed in Quebec in 1784

Lean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Felix Lean, a joiner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Lean, a stone-mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Lean, a engineer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Joseph Lean arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • Grace Lean arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lean Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Lean landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Regia

Lean Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Cecil Lean, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lean (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lean (post 1700)



  • Kenneth Lean Sr., American politician, Burgess of Munhall, Pennsylvania, 1927
  • David Lean (b. 1935), Australian athlete
  • Edward Tangye Lean (1911-1974), British author, founded the original Inklings literary club while at Oxford University, brother of David Lean
  • Sir David Lean (1908-1991), English film director and producer, best remembered for big-screen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage to India, nominated for nine Academy Awards, two-time Oscar winner

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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: Virtue mine honour
Motto Translation: Virtue is my honour.


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  5. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  11. ...

The Lean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lean Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 12:42.

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