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The McLendon surname is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Fhinneain, a patronymic name created from a Gaelic personal name "Fionnán," from the Gaelic "fionn," meaning "white."

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The surname McLendon was first found in Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The McLendon spelling of this name was first found in Druimdeurfait, in Ross-shire, where they were a branch of the Highland Logans, who lived along Loch Lochy. According to family lore, they descend from Gilliegorm, Chief of the northern Logans, who was killed battling the Clan Fraser. His pregnant wife taken captive by Lord Lovat. Her son, born humped back, was called Crotair MacGilliegorm, the "crooked-back son of Gilliegorm." Fearing future revenge on the Frasers by the boy, he was sent to a monastery at Beauly, where he became a monk. He was said to be an ardent follower of the Irish Saint Fhinan, and one of his children took the name Mac Gillie Fhinan, which eventually became MacLennan.

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. McLendon has been written as MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLendon research. Another 493 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1296, 1329, 1555, 1606, 1609, 1746 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McLendon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McLendon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McLendon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McLendon or a variant listed above include:

McLendon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • O.K. McLendon, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Hugh S. McLendon, aged 37, who arrived at Waco, Texas, in 1912
  • Roy McLendon, who settled in America, in 1919

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  • Dr. Robert L. McLendon Jr., American academic, former President of St. Johns River Community College (1972-2008)
  • George McLendon, American Howard R. Hughes Provost and Professor of Chemistry at Rice University
  • Gordon Barton McLendon (1921-1986), American radio pioneer and pirate radio broadcaster
  • Steve McLendon (b. 1986), American football nose tackle and defensive end
  • Wendi McLendon -Covey (b. 1969), American actress, writer, and comedian
  • Tristan Akeen “T. A.” McLendon (b. 1983), American football player
  • Benson Rayfield "Mac" McLendon Jr. (b. 1945), American professional golfer
  • John B. McLendon McLendon Jr. (1915-1999), pioneering American basketball coach


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  • The McClendon's: The MacLennan, Mackclenden, McClendon by T.A. McClendon.
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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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.

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