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The chronicles of the McClelland family indicate that the name was first used by the Strathclyde Britons of the Scottish/English Borderlands. 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

McClelland Early Origins



The surname McClelland 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.

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McClelland Spelling Variations


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McClelland Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. McClelland has been spelled MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.

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McClelland Early History


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McClelland Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClelland research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and 1st are included under the topic Early McClelland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McClelland Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McClelland Early Notables (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...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McClelland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McClelland In Ireland


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McClelland In Ireland



Some of the McClelland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 words (13 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



Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

McClelland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McClelland, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Thomas McClelland, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Edward McClelland, aged 8, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John McClelland, aged 21, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • James McClelland, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McClelland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McClelland, aged 14, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • Maryanne McClelland, aged 21, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Neal McClelland, aged 46, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • Rachael McClelland, aged 19, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Susan McClelland, aged 45, landed in Quebec in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McClelland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth McClelland, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • William McClelland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Elizabeth McClelland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Sarah McClelland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Mary McClelland arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McClelland (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McClelland (post 1700)



  • Ensign Thomas Alfred McClelland (d. 1941), American soldier killed at the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, eponym of the USS McClelland (DE-750)
  • Harold Mark McClelland (1893-1965), United States Air Force (USAF) major general, considered to be the father of Air Force communications
  • Robert McClelland (1807-1880), Governor of Michigan and U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • E. G. McClelland, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 9th District, 1906
  • David H. McClelland, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
  • Dalton F. McClelland, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Madras, 1919
  • D. V. McClelland, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Adair County, 1923-24
  • Charles P. McClelland (b. 1854), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 1st District, 1885-86, 1891; Member of New York State Senate, 1892-93, 1903
  • C. E. McClelland, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980
  • Alan F. McClelland, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1960
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McClelland Historic Events


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McClelland Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. David Mcclelland, English Extra Second Cook from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name McClelland


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Suggested Readings for the name McClelland



  • Silas And Penelope (Anderson) McClelland and Some of their Descendants by Clifton A. McClelland.
  • McClelland-Harper Settlers in the Wabash Valley by Eliza Haddon McClure Brevoort.

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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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. 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. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The McClelland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McClelland 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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