The age-old Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Lems family. 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 Lems family
The surname Lems 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 Lems family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lems 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 Lems History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lems Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Lems has been spelled MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Lems 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... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lems Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lems family to Ireland
Some of the Lems family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lems family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to England
re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Lemss to arrive on North American shores: James Elizabeth, Anne, Daniel, James, Lettice, McLean who were all on record in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; Duncan McLean, who settled in Boston in 1766.
The Lems 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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