Show ContentsMcElhone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McElhone family

The surname McElhone 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.

One of the first records of the family was "Celestine Mac Alowne [who] received a grant of Balemakinrain (now Ballikinrain) in the earldom of Lennox from his kinsman Donald, earl of Lennox, c. 1333-1364. John Macalowne [appeared on an] inquest at Nam in 1431. " [1]

Early History of the McElhone family

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McElhone 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 McElhone 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.

Early Notables of the McElhone family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McElhone family to Ireland

Some of the McElhone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 100 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 McElhone migration to the United States +

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 America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McElhone were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McElhone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catherine McElhone, aged 21, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • James McElhone, aged 21, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Marie McElhone, aged 20, who settled in America from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1893
McElhone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary McElhone, aged 24, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1902
  • Annie McElhone, aged 19, who settled in America from Tyrone, in 1903
  • James McElhone, aged 38, who immigrated to America from Altagheshan, in 1905
  • Francis McElhone, aged 21, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Grace McElhone, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Antrim, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McElhone (post 1700) +

  • Henry J. McElhone, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Canal Zone, 1944 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business)
  • Fred H. McElhone, American politician, Village President of Hinsdale, Illinois, 1942
  • Jack McElhone (b. 1993), Scottish actor
  • Helen Margaret McElhone (b. 1933), Scottish politician
  • Francis Patrick "Frank" McElhone (1929-1982), Scottish Labour Party politician
  • John Francis "Johnny" McElhone (b. 1963), Scottish guitarist and songwriter
  • Natascha McElhone (b. 1969), English actress of stage, screen and television

The McElhone 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.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook