MacKlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The MacKlin family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name MacKlin is derived 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 MacKlin family

The surname MacKlin 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 MacKlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKlin research. Another 139 words (10 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 MacKlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKlin 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 MacKlin include MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKlin 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 Clan Maclean from 1649 to 1651...
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Ireland Migration of the MacKlin family to Ireland

Some of the MacKlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States MacKlin migration to the United States +

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name MacKlin arrived in North America very early:

MacKlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Macklin, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [1]
  • Margaret Macklin, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • Richard Macklin, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]
MacKlin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Macklin, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
MacKlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Macklin, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Thomas Macklin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • John Macklin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Canada MacKlin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacKlin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Macklin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
MacKlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Macklin, aged 32, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Caronge" in 1838
  • Rose Ann Macklin, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Caronge" in 1838

Australia MacKlin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

MacKlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Macklin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [2]
  • Hannah Macklin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [2]
  • William Macklin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [3]
  • Hannah Macklin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [3]
  • Eliza Macklin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand MacKlin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

MacKlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Macklin, (b. 1849), aged 25, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKlin (post 1700) +

  • John Farrell "Big John" Macklin (1884-1949), American football player and coach, basketball player and coach, and college athletics administrator
  • Gordon S. Macklin (1928-2007), American founder and longtime president of the NASDAQ stock market
  • Warner N. III Macklin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000 [5]
  • Pecolia Macklin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 [5]
  • Marilyn Macklin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000 [5]
  • Lori Macklin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2008 [5]
  • Joseph J. Macklin, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Franklin County, 1833-34, 1836-37 [5]
  • Mr. David Robert Macklin M.B.E., British Major for The Rifles was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
  • Paul Harold Macklin PC, MP (b. 1944), Canadian politician, member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Michael John Macklin (b. 1943), former Australian Franciscan friar, educator and fundraiser
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The MacKlin 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.


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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