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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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McFarlane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Alexander McFarlane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mrs. Charity McFarlane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Duncan McFarlane U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Duncan McFarlane U.E. who settled in Didgeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Highland Regiment [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mrs. Elizabeth McFarlane U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
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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
  • John McFarlane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Peggy McFarlane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • John McFarlane, aged 41, landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1803
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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
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McFarlane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J S McFarlane landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • 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
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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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McFarlane Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Malcolm John Mcfarlane, English First Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  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. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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The McFarlane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFarlane 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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