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Where did the Scottish Linnen family come from? What is the Scottish Linnen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Linnen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Linnen family history?

The Linnen 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."


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Linnen has appeared in various documents spelled MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.

First found in Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The Linnen 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linnen research. Another 493 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1296, 1329, 1555, 1606, 1609, 1746 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Linnen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Linnen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Linnen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Linnen or a variant listed above include:

Linnen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmond Linnen, who arrived in Maryland in 1643

Linnen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luke Linnen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Joseph Linnen, aged 47, landed in New York in 1812
  • Robert Linnen, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Miles Linnen, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1853

Linnen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Linnen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832


  • Michele A. Linnen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980
  • Joseph A. Linnen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948


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.


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The Linnen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Linnen 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 30 July 2013 at 09:25.

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