McFarland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the McFarland family

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.

Important Dates for the McFarland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFarland research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early McFarland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McFarland Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the McFarland family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McFarland family to Ireland

Some of the McFarland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McFarland migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Andrew McFarland, who arrived in New England in 1719 [1]
  • Daniel McFarland, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1723 [1]
  • Elenor McFarland, who arrived in New England in 1723 [1]
  • George McFarland, who landed in New England in 1752 [1]
McFarland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert McFarland, who landed in America in 1803 [1]
  • Dennis McFarland, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Elizth McFarland, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]
  • Jane McFarland, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]
  • Robert McFarland, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McFarland migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McFarland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James McFarland U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John McFarland U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Malcom McFarland U.E. who settled in Shefford Township, Eastern Townships [La Haute-Yamaska Regional County Municipality], Quebec c. 1784 [2]
McFarland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William McFarland, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Mary McFarland, aged 10, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Matilda McFarland, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Peggy McFarland, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Patrick McFarland, aged 5, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McFarland migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McFarland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John McFarland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [3]
  • William McFarland, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

McFarland migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McFarland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. McFarland, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Edward Bouverie" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 10th August 1870 [4]
  • Mr. McFarland, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Edward Bouverie" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 10th August 1870 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McFarland (post 1700)

  • George "Spanky" McFarland (1928-1993), American actor, known for his role as "Spanky" in the Our Gang series
  • 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) [5]
  • Brigadier-General Andrew Jackson McFarland (1888-1965), American Secretary of Combined Staff Planers, Combined Chiefs of Staff (1942) [6]
  • Mark McFarland (b. 1978), American NASCAR race driver
  • TJ McFarland (b. 1977), American singer and songwriter
  • ... (Another 59 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Earl McFarland. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McFarland/Earl/USA.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Andrew McFarland. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McFarland/Andrew_Jackson/USA.html
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