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The ancestors of the McFarland family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the personal name Parlan, which is the Gaelic equivalent of Bartholomew. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Pharlain.

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The surname McFarland was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they were descended from the ancient Chief Allan, son of Farlane and settled in Strathdonn in Aberdeenshire about the 9th century.

Historical recordings of the name McFarland include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacFarlane, MacFarlain, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacParlan, MacParland, MacPartland, MacPartlin, MacPharlane, MacPharlin, MacPharlan and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFarland research. Another 625 words (45 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early McFarland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McFarland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McFarland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McFarland or a variant listed above:

McFarland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Duncan McFarland, who landed in New England in 1718
  • Andrew McFarland, who arrived in New England in 1719
  • Daniel McFarland, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1723
  • Elenor McFarland, who arrived in New England in 1723
  • George McFarland, who landed in New England in 1752

McFarland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert McFarland, who landed in America in 1803
  • Dennis McFarland, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Elizth McFarland, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Jane McFarland, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Robt McFarland, who arrived in America in 1806


McFarland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. James McFarland U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John McFarland U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Malcom McFarland U.E. who settled in Shefford Township, Eastern Townships [La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality], Quebec c. 1784

McFarland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William McFarland, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary McFarland, aged 10, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Matilda McFarland, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Peggy McFarland, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Patrick McFarland, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833


McFarland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John McFarland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • William McFarland, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

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  • Kay McFarland (1935-2015), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court (1977-2009)
  • Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland (b. 1951), American communications consultant, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
  • Francis Patrick McFarland (1819-1874), American Catholic bishop, 3rd Bishop of Hartford
  • John C. McFarland (1840-1881), American sailor in the United States Navy awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War, eponym of the USS McFarland (DD-237/AVD-14) was a Clemson-class destroyer
  • Gary McFarland (1933-1971), American composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist, founder of The Gary McFarland Orchestra
  • Brigadier-General Earl McFarland (1883-1972), American Executive Officer for the Assistant Secretary of War (1931-1933)
  • Brigadier-General Andrew Jackson McFarland (1888-1965), American Secretary of Combined Staff Planers, Combined Chiefs of Staff (1942)
  • Abel McFarland, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 18th District, 1815-18
  • Ann H. McFarland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940
  • C. W. McFarland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1928

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  • Clergyman and Chiefs: a Genealogy of the MacQueen and McFarlane Families by Alex M. Quattlebaum.
  • McFarland Collection by Robert H. McFarland.
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The McFarland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFarland 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.

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