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MacLeish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the MacLeish family. 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.

Early Origins of the MacLeish family


The surname MacLeish 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.

Early History of the MacLeish family


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MacLeish Spelling Variations


Many spelling variations of MacLeish have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

Early Notables of the MacLeish family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacLeish family to the New World and Oceana


Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacLeish family emigrate to North America: Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833; George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacLeish (post 1700)


  • Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), American poet, three time Pulitzer prize winner, 1933 and 1953 for Poetry and 1959 for Drama and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Richard George "Rick" MacLeish (1950-2016), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey forward who played from 1970 to 1984
  • Rick MacLeish (b. 1950), Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player

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