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MacLeod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacLeod is the personal name Leod. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Leoid, which means son of Leod, son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Northern Isles. Olaf was from a dynasty of Norse Kings, who, for centuries held the Isles. They were in turn descended from King Halfdan the Stingy, a King who was reputed to be descended from the god Frey. Leod held the island of Lewis, the mainland Glenelg and part of Skye in about 1195 AD. It was his two sons who founded the two great branches of the Siol Tormod and the Siol Torquil.

Early Origins of the MacLeod family


The surname MacLeod was first found in on the Isle of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where the Siol Tormod branch held the territories of Harris, Glenelg and Dunvegan Castle in Skye; while the Siol Torquil branch held Assynt and Cadboll, and the Island of Ramasay. There were no title deeds for these territories as they had been considered possessions of Norway. Yet when King Haakon asserted his authority over the lands in 1263 King Alexander resisted. Although the Scottish King Alexander signed the Treaty of Perth allowing payment of rent to Norway for all these lands, it was never paid and the whole of the western Isles became Scottish possessions.

Early History of the MacLeod family


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MacLeod Spelling Variations


Historical recordings of the name MacLeod include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.

Early Notables of the MacLeod family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir Roderick MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle who led 600 of his Clansmen to Ireland to assist in O'Donnell's rebellion and Lord MacLeod's Highlanders (73rd Regiment - later the 71st Regiment)...
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Migration of the MacLeod family to the New World and Oceana


Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name MacLeod, or a variant listed above:

MacLeod Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John MacLeod, who landed in New England in 1651-1652 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

MacLeod Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Macleod, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alexander Macleod, who landed in North Carolina in 1753 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Donald MacLeod, who arrived in North Carolina in 1771 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Donald Macleod, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Alexander MacLeod, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
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MacLeod Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hector Macleod, aged 19, who landed in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813

MacLeod Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Hector George Macleod, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "James Turcan" in 1841 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JAMES TURCAN 1841. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841JamesTurcan.gif
  • Hannah Elizabeth Macleod, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "James Turcan" in 1841 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JAMES TURCAN 1841. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841JamesTurcan.gif
  • Flora Ann Macleod, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "James Turcan" in 1841 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JAMES TURCAN 1841. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841JamesTurcan.gif
  • Marion Macleod, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  • Alexander Macleod, aged 39, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
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MacLeod Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Murdo MacLeod, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Neil MacLeod, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Alasdair MacLeod, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Malcolm MacLeod, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Roderick MacLeod, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name MacLeod (post 1700)


  • Norman Zenos Macleod (1898-1964), American film director, cartoonist and writer
  • Gavin MacLeod (b. 1930), American actor who is best remembered as Captain Stubing on the "Loveboat"
  • Iseabail Macleod MBE (d. 2018), Scottish lexicographer
  • Frederick Robertson MacLeod (1882-1976), Scottish-American golfer and winner of the 1908 U.S. Open
  • Dame Flora MacLeod DBE (1878-1976), 28th chief of Clan MacLeod
  • Ken MacLeod (b. 1954), Scottish science fiction writer
  • John James Rickard Macleod (1876-1935), Scottish physician, physiologist, and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Iain Norman Macleod (1913-1970), Scottish politician
  • Alistair MacLeod OC, FRSC (1936-2014), Canadian author and Professor of English at the University of Windsor, his 1999 novel No Great Mischief was voted Atlantic Canada's greatest book of all time
  • Second Lieutenant Alan Arnett MacLeod VC (1899-1918), Canadian flyer awarded the Victoria Cross
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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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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacLeod
Abbee, Abee, Abeee, Aig, Ailear, Aileer, Ainsco, Ainscoe, Ainscoh, Ainscough, Ainscow, Ainscowe, Aiscew, Aiscey, Aiscoe, Aiscoghe, Aiscoh, Aiscough, Aiscow, Aiscowe, Aiskew, Aiskey, Aiskoe, Aiskoghe, Aiskoh, Aiskough, Aiskow, Aiskowe, Alear, Aleer, Allear, Alleer, Anscoe, Anscoh, Anscough, Anscow, Anscowe, Ansico, Ansicoe, Ansicoh, Ansicough, Ansicow, Ansicowe, Ascoith, Ascoithy, Ascoord, Ascoorde, Ascoork, Ascoorth, Ascoorthe and more.

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  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) JAMES TURCAN 1841. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841JamesTurcan.gif
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml

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