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The Clan from whom the MacCleitch family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity. The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios, which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa, meaning son of the servant of Jesus.

MacCleitch Early Origins



The surname MacCleitch was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England and Scotland.

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MacCleitch Early History


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MacCleitch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCleitch research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCleitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacCleitch Spelling Variations


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MacCleitch Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name MacCleitch include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

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MacCleitch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacCleitch Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833; George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.

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