Leaney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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On the Scottish west coast, the Leaney family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. 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.
Early Origins of the Leaney family
The surname Leaney was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.
Early History of the Leaney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leaney research. Another 139 words (10 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 Leaney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leaney Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Leaney has appeared as MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Leaney family (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 Clan Maclean from 1649 to 1651...
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Migration of the Leaney family to Ireland
Some of the Leaney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Leaney migration to the United States +
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Leaney were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Leaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Leaney, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1858 
Leaney migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Leaney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Leaney, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" 
- William Leaney, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" 
- Susan Leaney, aged 15, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Leaney (post 1700) +
- John Leaney (b. 1790), English cricketer who played for Kent who made two first-class appearances for Kent, both against Sussex in 1825
- Stephen John Leaney (b. 1969), Australian professional golfer
- William Leaney, English cricketer who made his single first-class appearance in 1815, against England
Historic Events for the Leaney family +
- Mr. Robert T Leaney (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Uckfield, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
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The Leaney 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.
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
- ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm