The Leany family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name Leany is derived 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 Leany family
The surname Leany 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 Leany family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leany 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 Leany History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leany Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of Leany include MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Leany 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
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Migration of the Leany family to Ireland
Some of the Leany family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Leany family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Leany Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Leany, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
- Patrick Leany, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.
The Leany 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.