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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacLeod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
MacLeod Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
MacLeod Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
MacLeod Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
MacLeod Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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.
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