The ancestors of the first families to use the name MacCleave lived in ancient Scotland
in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used as a nickname
for a prominent ruler.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Fhlaithbheartaich,
which means son of the dominion bearing,
or son of the ruler.
The name is a cognate of the Irish name Flaherty,
which is Flaithbheartach
in Gaelic. Flaithbheartach,
in modern Irish, means generous
which may hint at some of the qualities that are described by the name MacCleave.
Early Origins of the MacCleave family
The surname MacCleave was first found in Islay
, one of the Hebridean islands, and Court of the Lords of the Isles from very ancient times. The MacLavertys, MacLevertys, and variations on that spelling were heralds of the great Lords of the Isles, the first Dalriadan kingdom of Scotland.
The MacLiver variant is an interesting one. "The old pronunciation was Macleever, [while] the modern is Macliver. A commission was granted Campbell of Auchinbrek and others in 1619 to apprehend Ewne M' Finla VcGillevir in Kilchoane, and John McEwne VcIlliver, who had been denounced rebels by Campbell of Barbreck. John Roy M'Gilliver in Islay, 1686. Sometimes confused with Macclure, q. v. M'Ileur (in Islay) 1733." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the MacCleave family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCleave research.Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1524 and 1540 are included under the topic Early MacCleave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCleave Spelling Variations
In various documents MacCleave has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacLaverty, McLaverty, McLafferty, MacLafferty, MacLardy, MacLardie, McLardy, McLardie, MacLeverty, McLeverty, MacLacharty, McLacharty and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCleave family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early MacCleave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCleave family to Ireland
Some of the MacCleave family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 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 MacCleave family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacCleave family emigrate to North America: John McClarty, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856; Pat, Neil, John and Cornelius McClafferty settled in Philadelphia between 1834 and 1860.
The MacCleave 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.
MacCleave Family Crest Products
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)