HouseofNames.com

Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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.

 More

The surname MacLeod was first found in on the Isle of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Ledhas), 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.

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.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacLeod research. Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1597, 1613, 1715, 1745, and 1777 are included under the topic Early MacLeod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

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)...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacLeod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. 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

MacLeod Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Macleod, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • Alexander Macleod, who landed in North Carolina in 1753
  • Donald MacLeod, who arrived in North Carolina in 1771
  • Donald Macleod, who landed in North Carolina in 1774
  • Alexander MacLeod, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • ...

MacLeod Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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

MacLeod Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Hector George Macleod arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "James Turcan" in 1841
  • Hannah Elizabeth Macleod arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "James Turcan" in 1841
  • Flora Ann Macleod arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "James Turcan" in 1841
  • Marion Macleod, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • Alexander Macleod, aged 39, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • ...

MacLeod Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Murdo MacLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Neil MacLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Alasdair MacLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Malcolm MacLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • Roderick MacLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865
  • ...
 More

  • 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"
  • 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
  • Nathanel William Hamish Macleod (b. 1940), British Financial Secretary of Hong Kong 1991-1995
  • ...
 More


MacLeod Clan Badge
MacLeod Clan Badge

Buy JPG Image

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 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.

 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
MacLeod Armorial History With Coat of ArmsMacLeod Armorial History With Coat of Arms
MacLeod Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageMacLeod Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
MacLeod Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesMacLeod Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
MacLeod Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainMacLeod Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
MacLeod Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugMacLeod Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
MacLeod Armorial History with FrameMacLeod Armorial History with Frame
MacLeod Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsMacLeod Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    11. ...

    The MacLeod Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacLeod 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 July 2016 at 15:38.

    Sign Up

      

    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more