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An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name McLemore. It is a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name McLemore was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

McLemore Early Origins



The surname McLemore was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early records from Cumberland show that between 1133 and 1156, Gilmor, son of Gilander founded the chapelry of Treverman (later Trierman) in the parish of Walton, Cumberland, site of Triermain castle. Gilmore meaning "Gill the Big" was son of Gillanders the great Chief who lived about 1140.

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McLemore Spelling Variations


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McLemore Spelling Variations



Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. McLemore has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

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McLemore Early History


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McLemore Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLemore research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1605, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early McLemore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLemore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLemore Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLemore In Ireland


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McLemore In Ireland



Some of the McLemore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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 number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

McLemore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J C McLemore, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John McLemore, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860

McLemore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • C. K. McLemore, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Osbern McLemore, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Patti McLemore, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • James L. McLemore, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Mary W. McLemore, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLemore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLemore (post 1700)



  • Doris Jean Lamar- McLemore (1927-2016), American Native American, the last fluent speaker of the Wichita language
  • Leslie B. McLemore (b. 1940), American civil rights activist and political leader
  • Albert S. McLemore (1869-1921), American officer serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Spanish-American War
  • Atkins Jefferson McLemore (1857-1929), American newspaper publisher, State Representative and United States Representative from Texas
  • Mark Steven McLemore (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Emmett McLemore, American professional football player who played in the National Football League
  • Dana McLemore (b. 1960), former professional American football cornerback in the National Football league
  • Mark Tremell McLemore (b. 1964), American former second baseman and utility player in Major League baseball
  • McCoy McLemore (1942-2009), American former college and professional basketball star

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perseveranti dabitur
Motto Translation: It will be given to the persevering.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The McLemore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLemore 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 26 November 2016 at 16:51.

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