McClellan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Among the clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name McClellan. 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 McClellan family
The surname McClellan was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire and Galloway 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 McClellan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClellan research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and are included under the topic Early McClellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McClellan Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. McClellan has been spelled MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.
Early Notables of the McClellan 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 fist and...
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In the United States, the name McClellan is the 1,299th most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. 
Migration of the McClellan family to Ireland
Some of the McClellan 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.
McClellan migration to the United States +
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:
McClellan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James McClellan, who arrived in New England in 1718 
- Bryce McClellan, who arrived in New England in 1720 
- Hugh McClellan, who landed in New England in 1733 
- Michael McClellan, who arrived in New England in 1749 
McClellan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McClellan, aged 27, who landed in Maryland in 1813 
- Sara McClellan, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 
- E. McClellan, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
- En. McClellan, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1893
- Geo McClellan, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1893
McClellan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Dan McClellan, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1900
- C. G. Caroline McClellan, who landed in America, in 1908
- Esther McClellan, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Tarbrax, Scotland, in 1910
- Annie McClellan, aged 6, who landed in America from Tarbrax, Scotland, in 1910
- Edwin McClellan, who landed in America, in 1911
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McClellan migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McClellan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Roderick McClellan U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 
- Mr. William McClellan U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butlers Rangers, he had 6 children 
McClellan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. Thomas McClellan, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Tamarac" departing 26th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 11th July 1847 but he died on board 
McClellan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Charles McClellan, aged 35, who settled in Pickerling Canada, in 1908
Contemporary Notables of the name McClellan (post 1700) +
- Beverly McClellan (1969-2018), American singer and a contestant in the first season of the American TV series The Voice
- James E. McClellan (1926-2016), American veterinarian and politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1978-1994)
- Robert McClellan (1747-1817), Irish-born, American merchant, New York State Treasurer
- Robert McClellan (1806-1860), U.S. Representative from New York
- Mark McClellan (b. 1963), American Medicare and FDA official
- John Little McClellan (1896-1977), U.S. Senator from Arkansas
- James H. McClellan, American mathematician and electronic engineer, professor at Georgia Institute of Technology
- George Brinton McClellan Jr. (1865-1940), Mayor of New York City and U.S. Representative from New York
- George McClellan (1856-1927), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
- Major Hezekiah McClellan (1894-1939), American pioneer in arctic aeronautical tests and eponym of McClellan Air Force Base
- ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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Suggested Readings for the name McClellan +
- James McClellan, his Progenitors, Descendants and Allied Lines by Gerald R. Fuller.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ 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)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 86)