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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish


On the Scottish west coast, the McClain family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. The surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic name meaning "son of the servant of Saint John." The Clan is descended from Eachan Reaganach, (brother of Lachlan the progenitor of the Macleans of Duart). These two brothers were both descended from Gilleathain na Tuaidh, known as 'Gillian of the Battleaxe', a famed warrior of the 5th century. Eachan, or Hector was given the lands of Lochbuie from John, the first Lord of the Isles, some time in the 14th century.

McClain Early Origins



The surname McClain was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.

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McClain Spelling Variations


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McClain Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

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McClain Early History


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McClain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClain research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1500, 1745, 1560, 1630, 1582, 1658, 1604, 1666, 1620, 1651, 1649, 1651, 1645, 1674, 1651, 1674, 1650, 1687, 1670, 1716, 1674, 1716, 1745 and are included under the topic Early McClain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McClain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McClain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Hector MacLean, Lord of Dowart (c.1560-c.1630), Scottish Lord of the Clan MacLean; Francis Cleyn (Clein, Franz Klein) ( c. 1582-1658), a painter and tapestry designer; Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet, (1604-1666); Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet of Morvern (c.1620-1651), the 18th Clan Chief of...

Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McClain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McClain In Ireland


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McClain In Ireland



Some of the McClain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McClain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McClain, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796

McClain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McClain, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Samuel McClain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Benjamin McClain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • Andrew McClain, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Alexander McClain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McClain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles McClain, aged 25, who emigrated to America, in 1919

McClain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James McClain, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • John McClain, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • Rebecca McClain, aged 7, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
  • Mary McClain, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name McClain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McClain (post 1700)



  • Theodore "Ted" McClain (b. 1946), retired American professional basketball player
  • Thaddeus Brew McClain (1876-1935), American track and field athlete at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Steve McClain (b. 1962), American men's head basketball coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Michael Sean McClain (b. 1975), American foil fencer
  • Patricia Margot McClain (b. 1954), American model
  • Leanita McClain (1951-1984), American journalist and commentator
  • Le'Ron De'Mar McClain (b. 1984), former American football fullback
  • Jimmy McClain (b. 1980), former American football linebacker
  • Johnathan McClain (b. 1970), American stage, television, and film actor, and writer
  • Dwayne Eddie McClain (b. 1963), American former professional basketball player
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtue mine honour
Motto Translation: Virtue is my honour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    7. 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).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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    The McClain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McClain 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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