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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use the name McLellan were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons. The name is derived from the son of the servant of Fillan. Fillan is derived from the word fail which means wolf. In Gaelic, the name was spelled Mac Gill Fhaolain

McLellan Early Origins



The surname McLellan was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire and Galloway where Chief Duncan MacLellan appears in a charter of Alexander II in 1217. Other early records of the surname include Gilbert M'Lolane, who lived around the year 1270. Gilbert's son Patrick, along with several others, took the castle of Dumfries from the supporters of Robert the Bruce in around 1305. Gilelbertus MacLelan was elected Bishop of Man and the Sudreys in 1325 and held the position for almost 3 years.

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McLellan Spelling Variations


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McLellan Spelling Variations



Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. McLellan has appeared as MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.

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McLellan Early History


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McLellan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLellan research. Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1466, 1457, 1450, 1547, 1633, 1647, 1513, 1597, 1641 and 1st are included under the topic Early McLellan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLellan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLellan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir William Maclellan of Bombie, knighted by King James IV of Scotland, who fought for the king in the losing Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. According to folklore, McLellan threw his gauntlet at the king's feet, shook his...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLellan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLellan In Ireland


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McLellan In Ireland



Some of the McLellan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 179 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



The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

McLellan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew McLellan, banished to New Jersey in 1685
  • Andrew McLellan, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Robert McLellan, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685
  • Margaret McLellan, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

McLellan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh McLellan, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1774
  • John McLellan, aged 27, landed in New York in 1775

McLellan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick McLellan, who arrived in America in 1812

McLellan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Maud McLellan, aged 21, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905
  • Agnes S. McLellan, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Greenock, Scotland, in 1908
  • Alfred McLellan, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Auchinairn, Scotland, in 1910
  • Alexander McLellan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Auchinairn, Scotland, in 1910
  • Alexander McLellan, aged 32, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLellan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • In 1755, Peter McLellan was one of the first to receive lands after the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia, Canada
  • John McLellan, who settled in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Anthony McLellan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • James McLellan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • William McLellan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLellan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Angus McLellan, aged 2, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Finlay McLellan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary McLellan, aged 3, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Niel McLellan, aged 25, landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1815-1816
  • Penny McLellan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLellan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Bestrik McLellan, aged 38, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1919
  • Annie E. McLellan, aged 44, who emigrated to Fredericton, Canada, in 1921

McLellan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane McLellan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  • Robert McLellan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 [1]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 Mclellan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
  • Alice McLellan, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"

McLellan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Archibald McLellan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Christina McLellan, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • James McLellan, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Janet McLellan, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Joan McLellan, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLellan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLellan (post 1700)



  • William Howard McLellan (1924-2011), American electrical engineer, expert in nanotechnology
  • Charles Morton Stewart "C.M.S." McLellan (1865-1916), American-born, London based playwright and composer, best remembered for the musical The Belle of New York
  • A. Thomas McLellan (b. 1949), American psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
  • William Walker McLellan (1873-1960), American manager of the first S. H. Kress store in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Zoe McLellan (b. 1974), American actress, best known for her role as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates on JAG
  • Dave McLellan, automotive engineer for General Motors, Chief Engineer for the Corvette from 1975 until his retirement in 1992
  • Archibald McLellan (1795-1854), Scottish coach builder, councillor and patron of the arts, founder of The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
  • Colonel William McLellan CBE (1874-1934), Scottish electrical engineer, co-founder of Merz & McLellan, Newcastle in 1902
  • John McLellan, Scottish footballer, active 1888 to 1893
  • Robert McLellan OBE (1907-1985), Scottish dramatist and poet
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McLellan Historic Events


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McLellan Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Albert  McLellan (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. John Joseph  McLellan (1903-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master George  McLellan (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Sarah Mclellan, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm

Other References

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  3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  4. 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.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The McLellan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLellan 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.

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