MacCleen comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides
islands. The 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 MacCleen family
The surname MacCleen 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 MacCleen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCleen 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 MacCleen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCleen Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacCleen has appeared as MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the MacCleen 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 MacCleen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCleen family to Ireland
Some of the MacCleen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 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 MacCleen family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name MacCleen or a variant listed above: 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 MacCleen 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.