The ancestors of the McCleny family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived in the old lands of Leny, which were in the parish of Callander in Perth. The surname McCleny belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the McCleny family
The surname McCleny 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 census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McCleny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCleny research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1257, 1270, 1408 and 1550 are included under the topic Early McCleny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCleny Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name McCleny include Lennie, Leny, Lenay, Lenny and others.
Early Notables of the McCleny family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early McCleny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCleny family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McCleny:
McCleny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James McCleny, who landed in New York in 1823 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)