Among the clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons
were the first to use the name McLellen. It 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
Early Origins of the McLellen family
The surname McLellen was first found in the former counties of Kirkcudbrightshire
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.
Early History of the McLellen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLellen 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 McLellen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McLellen Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. McLellen has been spelled MacClelland, McClellan, MacLellan, McLellan, MacLelland, McLelland, MacClelland, McClelland, Clelland and many more.
Early Notables of the McLellen family (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 McLellen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McLellen family to Ireland
Some of the McLellen 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.
Migration of the McLellen family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them: Andrew McLellan, banished to New Jersey in 1685; Archibald Maclellan, who arrived in New York in 1790; Donald Maclellan, a "prisoner of the '45' sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1745.