McGlennon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McGlennon surname is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Fhinneain, a patronymic name created from a Gaelic personal name "Fionnán," from the Gaelic "fionn," meaning "white."

Early Origins of the McGlennon family

The surname McGlennon was first found in Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The McGlennon spelling of this name was first found in Druimdeurfait, in Ross-shire, where they were a branch of the Highland Logans, who lived along Loch Lochy. According to family lore, they descend from Gilliegorm, Chief of the northern Logans, who was killed battling the Clan Fraser. His pregnant wife taken captive by Lord Lovat. Her son, born humped back, was called Crotair MacGilliegorm, the "crooked-back son of Gilliegorm." Fearing future revenge on the Frasers by the boy, he was sent to a monastery at Beauly, where he became a monk. He was said to be an ardent follower of the Irish Saint Fhinan, and one of his children took the name Mac Gillie Fhinan, which eventually became MacLennan.

Early History of the McGlennon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGlennon research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1296, 1329, 1555, 1606, 1609, 1746 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McGlennon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGlennon Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McGlennon has been spelled MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.

Early Notables of the McGlennon family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McGlennon family to Ireland

Some of the McGlennon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McGlennon 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 McGlennon were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McGlennon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred McGlennon, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Alaska" from Liverpool, England [1]
  • Mrs. J. Mc Glennon, originally from Ays, arrived in New York City, New York in 1894 aboard the ship "City of Rome" from Glasgow via Moville [2]
  • Mary W. McGlennon, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Campania" from Queenstown, Ireland [3]
  • Maggie McGlennon, aged 11, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Campania" from Queenstown, Ireland [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McGlennon (post 1700) +

  • Thomas P. McGlennon, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1903-04 [5]
  • Cornelius Augustine McGlennon (1878-1931), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Hudson County, 1917-18; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 8th District, 1919-21; Defeated, 1920 [5]


The McGlennon 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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BB-9PX : 6 December 2014), Fred McGlennon, 29 May 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Alaska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMD-22G : 6 December 2014), Mrs. J. Mc Glennon, 01 Sep 1894; citing departure port Glasgow via Moville, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name City of Rome, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3M-N61 : 6 December 2014), Mary W. McGlennon, 21 Sep 1895; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3M-NXM : 6 December 2014), Maggie McGlennon, 21 Sep 1895; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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