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McCleen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish

Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie is a branch of the Scottish Clan MacLean. 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 McCleen family

The surname McCleen was first found in on the Isle of Mull, an island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.

Early History of the McCleen family

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McCleen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacLean, MacLain, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin, Macklin, MacCleane, McKleane, McCleant, McCleind, McCleand, McClaink, McClaing, Cleind, MacClean, McCleen, McCleane, McClean, McClaine, McClain, Macklaim, Leand, Leind, MacClaine, Leane and many more.

Early Notables of the McCleen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McCleen family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter McLaine, who came to New York in 1701; John MacLain, who came to New England in 1721; Malcolm MacLain, who arrived in Maryland in 1747; Archibald MacLaine, who came to North Carolina in 1750.

The McCleen 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: Vincere vel mori
Motto Translation: To conquer or die.

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