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In ancient Scotland, the first people to use the name McLelland 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

McLelland Early Origins



The surname McLelland 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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McLelland Spelling Variations


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McLelland Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. McLelland has been spelled MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.

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McLelland Early History


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McLelland Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLelland 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 McLelland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLelland Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLelland 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 McLelland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLelland In Ireland


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McLelland In Ireland



Some of the McLelland 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



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

McLelland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles McLelland, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
  • Thomas McLelland, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

McLelland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C H McLelland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

McLelland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald McLelland, who landed in Canada in 1816
  • Eliza McLelland, aged 38, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Mary Ann McLelland, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Neill McLelland, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • Richard McLelland, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLelland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann McLelland, aged 25, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLelland (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLelland (post 1700)



  • Randal Sean McLelland (1985-2008), American International Skeet shooter at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Ronald David McLelland (b. 1926), Canadian farmer and Progressive Conservative politician
  • David McLelland (b. 1952), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Charles "Fuzz" McLelland (1930-2004), English controller of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 from 1976 to 1978

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McLelland Family Crest Products


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. 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).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The McLelland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLelland 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 19 July 2016 at 01:36.

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