MacFarlan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the MacFarlan family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Parlan, which is the Gaelic equivalent of Bartholomew. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Pharlain.

Early Origins of the MacFarlan family

The surname MacFarlan was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they were descended from the ancient Chief Allan, son of Farlane and settled in Strathdonn in Aberdeenshire about the 9th century.

Early History of the MacFarlan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacFarlan research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early MacFarlan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacFarlan Spelling Variations

In various documents MacFarlan has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacFarlane, MacFarlain, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacParlan, MacParland, MacPartland, MacPartlin, MacPharlane, MacPharlin, MacPharlan and many more.

Early Notables of the MacFarlan family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacFarlan family to Ireland

Some of the MacFarlan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States MacFarlan migration to the United States +

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 MacFarlan or a variant listed above include:

MacFarlan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John MacFarlan, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766
MacFarlan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Macfarlan, aged 30, who arrived in Delaware in 1813 [1]
  • William R MacFarlan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [1]

Canada MacFarlan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacFarlan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sarah MacFarlan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name MacFarlan (post 1700) +

  • Ronald MacFarlan, American Engineer
  • William Macfarlan, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Yonkers, New York, 1881-83 [2]
  • Major D. Macfarlan, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Cheraw, South Carolina, 1892-93, 1897-1900 [2]
  • Dandridge MacFarlan Cole (1921-1965), American aerospace engineer, futurist, lecturer, and author
  • Robert MacFarlan Cole (1889-1986), American chemical engineer, inventor, and author

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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