McCleod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McCleod is the personal name Leod. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Leoid, which means son of Leod, son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Northern Isles. Olaf was from a dynasty of Norse Kings, who, for centuries held the Isles. They were in turn descended from King Halfdan the Stingy, a King who was reputed to be descended from the god Frey. Leod held the island of Lewis, the mainland Glenelg and part of Skye in about 1195 AD. It was his two sons who founded the two great branches of the Siol Tormod and the Siol Torquil.
Early Origins of the McCleod family
The surname McCleod was first found in on the Isle of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), where the Siol Tormod branch held the territories of Harris, Glenelg and Dunvegan Castle in Skye; while the Siol Torquil branch held Assynt and Cadboll, and the Island of Ramasay. There were no title deeds for these territories as they had been considered possessions of Norway. Yet when King Haakon asserted his authority over the lands in 1263 King Alexander resisted. Although the Scottish King Alexander signed the Treaty of Perth allowing payment of rent to Norway for all these lands, it was never paid and the whole of the western Isles became Scottish possessions.
Early History of the McCleod family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCleod research. Another 380 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1597, 1613, 1715, 1745, and 1777 are included under the topic Early McCleod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCleod Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name McCleod include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.
Early Notables of the McCleod family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir Roderick MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle who led 600 of his Clansmen to Ireland to assist in O'Donnell's rebellion and Lord MacLeod's Highlanders (73rd Regiment - later the 71st Regiment)...
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McCleod migration to the United States +
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McCleod, or a variant listed above:
McCleod Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Alexander McCleod, who arrived in Virginia in 1776 
- Kennith McCleod, who arrived in Virginia in 1776 
- Patrick McCleod, who landed in Virginia in 1776 
- Rodrick McCleod, who arrived in Virginia in 1776 
McCleod Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jennet McCleod, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1822 
Contemporary Notables of the name McCleod (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the McCleod family +
- Mr. William Mccleod, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/