patronymic name created from a Gaelic personal name "Fionnán," from the Gaelic "fionn," meaning "white."
Early Origins of the MacLennan family
Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The MacLennan spelling of this name was first found in Druimdeurfait, in Ross-shire, where they were a branch of the Highland Logans, who lived along Loch Lochy. According to family lore, they descend from Gilliegorm, Chief of the northern Logans, who was killed battling the Clan Fraser. His pregnant wife taken captive by Lord Lovat. Her son, born humped back, was called Crotair MacGilliegorm, the "crooked-back son of Gilliegorm." Fearing future revenge on the Frasers by the boy, he was sent to a monastery at Beauly, where he became a monk. He was said to be an ardent follower of the Irish Saint Fhinan, and one of his children took the name Mac Gillie Fhinan, which eventually became MacLennan.
Early History of the MacLennan family
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MacLennan Spelling Variations
spelling variations. MacLennan has been written as MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.
Early Notables of the MacLennan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacLennan family to Ireland
Some of the MacLennan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacLennan family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacLennan or a variant listed above:
MacLennan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacLennan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
MacLennan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name MacLennan (post 1700)
Historic Events for the MacLennan family
The MacLennan 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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.
MacLennan Clan Badge
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...More...
Septs of the Distinguished Name MacLennan
Clenan, Clennan, Clennand, Clennane, Clennant, Clennen, Clennend, Clennent, Clennind, Clennint, Clennon, Clennyn, Clennynd, Clenon, Glenan, Glenand, Glenane, Glenant, Glenen, Glenend, Glenent, Glenind, Glenint, Glennan, Glennand, Glennane, Glennant, Glennen, Glennend, Glennent, Glennind, Glennint, Glennyn, Glennynd, Glenyn, Glenynd, Lobban, MacClanen, MacClannan, MacClannand, MacClannane, MacClannant, MacClannen, MacClannend, MacClannent, MacClannind, MacClannint, MacClannyn, MacClannynd, MacClenan and more.
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