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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McFarlane family. Their 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 McFarlane 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.

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McFarlane has been written as 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 McFarlane research. Another 625 words (45 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early McFarlane History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the McFarlane 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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Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McFarlane or a variant listed above:

McFarlane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Donald McFarlane, aged 26, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Dond McFarlane, aged 26, landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Katherine McFarlane, aged 17, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

McFarlane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • M McFarlane, aged 27, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Duncan McFarlane, aged 51, landed in New York in 1812
  • Henry McFarlane, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • Daniel McFarlane, aged 55, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Malcolun McFarlane, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813


McFarlane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Alexander McFarlane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mrs. Charity McFarlane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Duncan McFarlane U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Duncan McFarlane U.E. who settled in Didgeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Highland Regiment
  • Mrs. Elizabeth McFarlane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784


McFarlane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Bell McFarlane, aged 12, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Dougald McFarlane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Peggy McFarlane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • John McFarlane, aged 41, a farmer, arrived in Pictou, NS aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Ann McFarlane, aged 39, arrived in Pictou, NS aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803


McFarlane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert McFarlane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • John McFarlane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839
  • Allan McFarlane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
  • Margaret McFarlane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839
  • Benjamina Horne McFarlane arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839


McFarlane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John McFarlane landed in Petone, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • John McFarlane arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Mary McFarlane, aged 29, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Henry McFarlane, aged 21, a machine maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • J.D. McFarlane arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clydeside" in 1841


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  • Robert C. McFarlane, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2008
  • Margaret McFarlane, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1948
  • Jonda McFarlane, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2008
  • George R. McFarlane, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1904
  • George L. McFarlane, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1895-1900
  • Duncan McFarlane, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 32nd District, 1891-92
  • Douglas D. McFarlane Jr., American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1983, 1990
  • Douglas McFarlane Sr., American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1958-59
  • Arch W. McFarlane (b. 1885), American Republican politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1919-22; Member of Iowa State Senate, 1927-28; Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, 1928-33
  • Robert M. McFarlane (b. 1857), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wyoming County, 1908-09

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