The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McCellan. It is derived from the son of the servant of Fillan.
Fillan is derived from the word fail
which means wolf.
In Gaelic, the name was spelled Mac Gill Fhaolain
Early Origins of the McCellan family
The surname McCellan was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire
where Chief Duncan MacLellan appears in a charter of Alexander II in 1217. Other early records of the surname include Gilbert M'Lolane, who lived around the year 1270. Gilbert's son Patrick, along with several others, took the castle of Dumfries from the supporters of Robert the Bruce in around 1305. Gilelbertus MacLelan was elected Bishop of Man and the Sudreys in 1325 and held the position for almost 3 years.
Early History of the McCellan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCellan research.Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and 1st are included under the topic Early McCellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCellan Spelling Variations
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred
years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. McCellan has appeared as MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.
Early Notables of the McCellan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir William Maclellan of Bombie, knighted by King James IV of Scotland
, who fought for the king in the losing Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. According to folklore, McLellan threw his gauntlet at the king's feet, shook his... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCellan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCellan family to Ireland
Some of the McCellan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 96 words (7 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 McCellan family to the New World and Oceana
As the persecution of Clan
families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence
allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Andrew McLellan, banished to New Jersey in 1685; Archibald Maclellan, who arrived in New York in 1790; Donald Maclellan, a "prisoner of the '45' sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1745.