McClain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the McClain family
The surname McClain was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.
Early History of the McClain family
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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.
Early Notables of the McClain family (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 Clan Maclean from 1649 to 1651...
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Migration of the McClain family to Ireland
Some of the McClain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McClain migration to the United States +
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 
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McClain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles McClain, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1919
McClain migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McClain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James McClain, aged 15, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
- John McClain, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
- Rebecca McClain, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
- Mary McClain, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1834
Contemporary Notables of the name McClain (post 1700) +
- Edward Browning "E. B." McClain (1940-2020), American politician, Member of the Alabama Senate (1995-2009)
- China Anne McClain, American actress and singer, member of the 3McClainGirls
- 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
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The McClain 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.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)