McLeese History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. The McLees or McAlees 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.

Important Dates for the McLeese family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLeese research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1253, 1600, 1650, and 1734 are included under the topic Early McLeese History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McLeese (post 1700)

    Historic Events for the McLeese family

    Halifax Explosion
    • Miss Agnes  McLeese (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]
    • Mrs. Mary  McLeese (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]

    Citations

    1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
    2. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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