The current generations of the MacClenay family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The MacClenay family lived in the old lands of Leny, which were in the parish of Callander in Perth. The surname MacClenay belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the MacClenay family
The surname MacClenay 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 census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacClenay family
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MacClenay Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, MacClenay has been spelled Lennie, Leny, Lenay, Lenny and others.
Early Notables of the MacClenay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacClenay family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacClenay: James and Patrick Lenny arrived in Philadelphia in 1845; James Lenny arrived in Philadelphia in 1871.