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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use the name MacLellan were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons. The name is derived from the son of the servant of Fillan. Fillan is derived from the word fail which means wolf. In Gaelic, the name was spelled Mac Gill Fhaolain

MacLellan Early Origins



The surname MacLellan was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire and Galloway where Chief Duncan MacLellan appears in a charter of Alexander II in 1217. Other early records of the surname include Gilbert M'Lolane, who lived around the year 1270. Gilbert's son Patrick, along with several others, took the castle of Dumfries from the supporters of Robert the Bruce in around 1305. Gilelbertus MacLelan was elected Bishop of Man and the Sudreys in 1325 and held the position for almost 3 years.

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MacLellan Spelling Variations


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MacLellan Spelling Variations



Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. MacLellan has appeared as MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.

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MacLellan Early History


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MacLellan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLellan research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and 1st are included under the topic Early MacLellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacLellan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacLellan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir William Maclellan of Bombie, knighted by King James IV of Scotland, who fought for the king in the losing Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. According to folklore, McLellan threw his gauntlet at the king's feet, shook his...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacLellan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacLellan In Ireland


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MacLellan In Ireland



Some of the MacLellan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

MacLellan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Donald Maclellan, a "prisoner of the '45' sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1745
  • James Maclellan, who came to Grenada in 1788
  • Archibald Maclellan, who arrived in New York in 1790

MacLellan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George L Maclellan, who landed in Colorado in 1888

MacLellan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John G. Maclellan, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Malcolm MacLellan, aged 2, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • William MacLellan, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Dalmellington, Scotland, in 1907
  • Archibald MacLellan, aged 4, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth MacLellan, aged 7, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacLellan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John MacLellan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773 aboard the Hector

MacLellan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Don Maclellan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacLellan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacLellan (post 1700)



  • Charles Archibald MacLellan (1885-1961), 20th-century American painter and illustrator
  • Keith William MacLellan (1920-1998), Canadian soldier, scholar and Canadian diplomat
  • John James MacLellan (1878-1935), Canadian provincial politician from Alberta
  • Robert Simpson MacLellan (1925-2011), Canadian Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons from Nova Scotia
  • Jack Maclellan (b. 1988), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Geoff MacLellan, Canadian politician from Nova Scotia
  • Alban Erskine MacLellan, Canadian railway foreman and a provincial politician from Alberta
  • Catherine MacLellan, Canadian folk singer-songwriter
  • Brian John MacLellan (b. 1958), retired Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Robert Roy Cameron "Rob" Maclellan (b. 1934), former Australian politician
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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MacLellan Clan Badge


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MacLellan Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    11. ...

    The MacLellan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacLellan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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