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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."

Linnen Early Origins



The surname Linnen was 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.

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Linnen Spelling Variations


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Linnen Spelling Variations



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.

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Linnen Early History


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Linnen Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Linnen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Linnen Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Linnen In Ireland


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Linnen In Ireland



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 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 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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Linnen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Linnen (post 1700)



  • 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

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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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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