islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the McLeish family. Their name comes from a devotion to Christianity.
The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios,
which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa,
meaning son of the servant of Jesus.
Early Origins of the McLeish family
The surname McLeish was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early rolls taken by the Kings of England
Early History of the McLeish family
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McLeish Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. McLeish has been written as MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.
Early Notables of the McLeish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McLeish family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McLeish or a variant listed above:
McLeish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anne McLeish, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1833
McLeish Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Alexander McLeish, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
McLeish Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George McLeish, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
- John McLeish, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
Contemporary Notables of the name McLeish (post 1700)
- Hugh McLeish (b. 1948), Scottish former professional footballer
- Alexander "Alex" McLeish (b. 1959), Scottish former professional footballer
- Henry McLeish (b. 1948), Scottish politician, member of the British Parliament
- John McLeish, Australian politician and businessman in Toowoomba, Queensland in the 19th century
- Adam McLeish, British snowboarder at the 2010 Winter Olympics
- Iona McLeish, London Theatre Award-winning British theatre designer and author
- David McLeish (b. 1950), former Australian rules footballer
- Susan "Sue" Marie McLeish (b. 1954), New Zealand retired field hockey player, member of the national team at the 1984 Summer Olympics
- Cindy McLeish (b. 1962), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Seymour (2010-)