MacFarland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name MacFarland is derived 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 MacFarland family

The surname MacFarland 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.

Important Dates for the MacFarland family

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

MacFarland Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of MacFarland include MacFarlane, MacFarlain, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacParlan, MacParland, MacPartland, MacPartlin, MacPharlane, MacPharlin, MacPharlan and many more.

Early Notables of the MacFarland family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacFarland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacFarland family to Ireland

Some of the MacFarland 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.

MacFarland migration to the United States

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacFarland were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

MacFarland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John MacFarland, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • William MacFarland, who arrived in New London, Connecticut in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick MacFarland, aged 33, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • Robert MacFarland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Alexander, Andrew, Daniel, Hugh, George, Henry, James, John, Mary, Patrick, Robert, and William MacFarland all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name MacFarland (post 1700)

  • Major General Sean MacFarland (b. 1959), American two-star general in the United States Army
  • William Hamilton MacFarland (1799-1872), prominent Virginia politician
  • Bill MacFarland (1932-2011), Canadian-born, former American ice hockey player, inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in January 2009
  • William Hamilton MacFarland (1799-1872), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature, 1822-24, 1830-31; Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861 [2]
  • W. Henry MacFarland, American politician, American Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1970 [2]
  • Susan MacFarland, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996, 2000 [2]
  • Stewart MacFarland, American Republican politician, Insurance business; Member of New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1920-21 [2]
  • J. Henry MacFarland, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1964 [2]
  • Henry Brown Floyd Macfarland (b. 1861), American Republican politician, Member District of Columbia board of commissioners, 1900-10; President of the District of Columbia Board of Commissioners, 1900-10 [2]
  • Grenville S. MacFarland, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 8th District, 1902 [2]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  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 http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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