The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the MacParlane family. The root of their name is the personal name Parlan,
which is the Gaelic equivalent of Bartholomew.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Pharlain.
Early Origins of the MacParlane family
The surname MacParlane was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they were descended from the ancient Chief Allan, son of Farlane and settled in Strathdonn in Aberdeenshire
about the 9th century.
Early History of the MacParlane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacParlane research.Another 625 words (45 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early MacParlane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacParlane Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. MacParlane has been spelled MacFarlane, MacFarlain, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacParlan, MacParland, MacPartland, MacPartlin, MacPharlane, MacPharlin, MacPharlan and many more.
Early Notables of the MacParlane family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early MacParlane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the MacParlane family to Ireland
Some of the MacParlane family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacParlane family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacParlanes to arrive in North America: John MacFarlan settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766; Alexander, Andrew, Daniel, Hugh, George, Henry, James, John, Mary, Patrick, Robert and William MacFarland all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.