McLarnon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history suggest that the ancestors of the name McLarnon lived among the Boernician tribe of the Scottish-English border region. The McLarnon family lived in Logan, near Auchinleck. These place names derive from the Gaelic word lagan, from lag meaning "a hollow."

Early Origins of the McLarnon family

The surname McLarnon was first found in Ayrshire where they first appeared in the records in the village of Logan in 1204. A number of Logans swore an oath of allegiance to Edward I of England when he conquered Scotland in 1296: Thurbrend Logan (Lord of Crougar), Lord of Crougar in Cunningham; Phillip Logan of Montrose; Walter Logan of Lanarkshire; and Andrew Logan of Wigtown. In 1329, Sir Robert Logan and Sir Walter Logan were killed in Spain while accompanying Sir James Douglas to the Holy Land with the heart of Bruce (thus the Clan's Crest). They were attempting to fulfill Robert the Bruce's request to have his heart buried in the Holy Land.

Early History of the McLarnon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLarnon research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1555, 1606, 1609, 1634, 1692 and are included under the topic Early McLarnon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McLarnon Spelling Variations

In the Middles Ages scribes spelled names by their sound. Often a name was written under a different spelling variation each time it was recorded. McLarnon has appeared as Logan, Loggan, Loganaich, MacLennan and many more.

Early Notables of the McLarnon family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the McLarnon family to Ireland

Some of the McLarnon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McLarnon migration to the United States +

The ancestors of Boernician-Scottish settlers dot North America even today. They settled all along the east coast when they came over, but some went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the War of Independence. However, these strong lines endured as Scottish families in the United States and Canada have rediscovered much of the heritage that was taken from them centuries ago. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name McLarnon, or a variant listed above:

McLarnon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam McLarnon, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • David McLarnon, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McLarnon (post 1700) +

  • Mike McLarnon (b. 1965), former Canadian politician who represented the electoral district of Whitehorse Centre in the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 2000 to 2002
  • Gerard McLarnon (1915-1997), Irish playwright and actor


The McLarnon 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. ^ 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)


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