The sea-swept Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McCleige family. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity.
The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios,
which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa,
meaning son of the servant of Jesus.
Early Origins of the McCleige family
The surname McCleige was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England
Early History of the McCleige family
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McCleige Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of McCleige have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.
Early Notables of the McCleige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCleige family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McCleige family emigrate to North America: Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833; George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.