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On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the McLaurin family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Laurence. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Labhruinn, which means son of Labhran or son of Laurence. The Clan is believed to be descended from Lorn, son of Erc, who landed in Argyll in 503 AD. Although the lineage before the 12th century is difficult to prove, it has been established that the clan held vast territories called the Braes of Balquhidder. They were recorded as being 'all grand, strong men' and, when the Old Kirk at Balquhidder was being repaired, clan members supervised the exhumation of some of the bodies of ancient members of the clan from the graveyard that was a traditional the burial place of the theirs. They found bones measuring 23 and a half inches long, which makes them big men even by today's standards.

McLaurin Early Origins



The surname McLaurin was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where in the valley of Loch Voil between the head of Loch Lomond and Loch Earn they were so powerful that it was once said that no one could take his place in church until the MacLaren Clan were properly seated. They were kinsmen of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn and their branches were at Balquidder, Strathearn, Auchleskine, Stank, Druach and Lochearnside. They engaged neighboring Clans in lively feuds but always remained faithful in their allegiance to the Royal House of Stewart. They were hereditary Celtic Abbots of Achtow and derive their name from Abbot Lawrence. For almost a thousand years the gathering place of the Clan has been Creag an Tuirc, the 'Boars Rock' in Achtow, in Balquhidder. This has also been adopted as their slogan.

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McLaurin Spelling Variations


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McLaurin Spelling Variations



In various documents McLaurin has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacLaren, MacLaron, MacLaurin, MacLarty, MacClarence, MacPhater, MacFeeter and many more.

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McLaurin Early History


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McLaurin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLaurin research. Another 447 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1344, 1698, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McLaurin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLaurin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLaurin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McLaurin In Ireland


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McLaurin In Ireland



Some of the McLaurin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 176 words (13 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. 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 McLaurin or a variant listed above:

McLaurin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert McLaurin, who arrived in Richmond, Va in 1750
  • John Lachlan McLaurin, who landed in North Carolina in 1790
  • Effie McLaurin, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1790
  • James McLaurin, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1798
  • Duncan McLaurin, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1798

McLaurin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Angus McLaurin, aged 33, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Archibald McLaurin, who landed in Mississippi in 1837

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLaurin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLaurin (post 1700)



  • Ralph Edgar McLaurin (1885-1943), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played in 8 games for the 1908 St. Louis Cardinals
  • Bette McLaurin (b. 1929), African-American singer, best known for her recordings, "I May Hate Myself In The Morning" (1952) and "Only A Rose" (1953)
  • Marcus McLaurin, American comic-book writer and editor, best known for developing and editing the Marvel Comics series Marvels
  • Anselm Joseph McLaurin (1848-1909), American politician, 34th Governor of Mississippi (1896-1900)
  • John Lowndes McLaurin (1860-1934), United States Representative and Senator from South Carolina (1897-1903)

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Suggested Readings for the name McLaurin


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Suggested Readings for the name McLaurin



  • G.G. McLaurin and Some of his Kin by G.G. McLaurin.

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Motto


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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: Creag an tuirc
Motto Translation: The boar's rock.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The McLaurin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLaurin 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 June 2016 at 12:28.

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