McClelland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McClelland family

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.

Early History of the McClelland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McClelland 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 McClelland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the McClelland 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...
Another 53 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.

Ireland Migration of the McClelland family to Ireland

Some of the McClelland 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.


United States McClelland migration to the United States +

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. 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 [1]
  • Thomas McClelland, who arrived in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Edward McClelland, aged 8, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John McClelland, aged 21, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • James McClelland, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McClelland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

New Zealand McClelland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McClelland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Mcclelland, (b. 1839), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [2]
  • Elizabeth McClelland, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Mr. Joseph McClelland, (b. 1856), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [3]
  • William McClelland, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Elizabeth McClelland, who 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.)

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 [4]
  • David H. McClelland, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932 [4]
  • Dalton F. McClelland, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Madras, 1919 [4]
  • D. V. McClelland, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Adair County, 1923-24 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • C. E. McClelland, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980 [4]
  • Alan F. McClelland, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1960 [4]
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. David Mcclelland, English Extra Second Cook from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [5]


Suggested Readings for the name McClelland +

  • 731 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.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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