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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McElhiney is the Gaelic expression "the son of the servant Storm."

McElhiney Early Origins



The surname McElhiney was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.

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McElhiney Spelling Variations


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McElhiney Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McElhiney has appeared as MacAloney, McAloney, MacAlonie, McAlonie, MacIlhenny, McIlhenny, MacIlhinny, McIlhinny, MacIlhiney, McIlhiney, MacIlhinney, McIlhinney, MacIldowney, McIldowney, MacIldownie, McIldownie, MacGilloney, McGilloney, MacGillonie, McGillonie, MacAlloon, McAlloon, MacAlooni, McAlooni, MacElheaney, McElheaney, MacElhiney, McElhiney, MacElhinney and many more.

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McElhiney Early History


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McElhiney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElhiney research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1428 is included under the topic Early McElhiney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McElhiney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McElhiney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McElhiney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McElhiney In Ireland


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McElhiney In Ireland



Some of the McElhiney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 198 words (14 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



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McElhiney were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McElhiney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas McElhiney, who landed in America in 1795-1798

McElhiney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McElhiney, who was naturalized in Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania in 1818
  • George McElhiney, a Jacobite sent to Maryland in 1841
  • Patrick McElhiney, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name McElhiney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McElhiney (post 1700)



  • Thomas W. McElhiney (1919-1998), American diplomat, Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (1977-1979)
  • William K. "Bill" McElhiney (1915-2002), American musical arranger and trumpeter, known for his work with Ray Charles, Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, Floyd Cramer, Johnny Tillotson and Patsy Cline
  • Ashley Reneé McElhiney Ayers (b. 1981), American gold medalist basketball coach and former college player

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Aonaibh ri cheile
Motto Translation: Unite.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The McElhiney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McElhiney 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 September 2015 at 08:46.

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