McLeese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
As a native Irish surname, McLeese is derived from the Gaelic name Mac Laoidhigh, which comes from the word "laoidh," which means "a poem;" or from Mac Giolla Iosa, which means "son of the devotee of Jesus." However, Lee is also a common indigenous name in England, many families of which have been established in Ireland since at least the 17th century. 
Early Origins of the McLeese family
The surname McLeese was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they were prominent in the west being anciently associated as hereditary physicians to the O'Flahertys.
Families with the McLees or McAlees spellings were traditionally doctors or physicians.
By the 16th century different branches had developed in Galway, in Leix, and in Munster at Cork and Limerick. The name in Gaelic was O'Laidhigh.
Early History of the McLeese family
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McLeese Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McLeese include McAlea, McAlee, MacAlee, MacAlea, MacLee, McLee, MacLees, McLees, MacLeas, McLeas, O'Lees, O'Leas, Lee and many more.
Early Notables of the McLeese family (pre 1700)
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McLeese migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
McLeese Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James McLeese, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" 
Contemporary Notables of the name McLeese (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the McLeese family +
- Miss Agnes McLeese (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
- Mrs. Mary McLeese (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
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The McLeese 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: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.