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The McLennan 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."

McLennan Early Origins



The surname McLennan was first found in Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The McLennan 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.

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McLennan Spelling Variations


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McLennan Spelling Variations



A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations appeared. McLennan has been written MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.

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McLennan Early History


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McLennan Early History



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

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McLennan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLennan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McLennan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLennan In Ireland


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McLennan In Ireland



Some of the McLennan 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name McLennan arrived in North America very early:

McLennan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander McLennan, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Anne McLennan, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Marion McLennan, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Murdock McLennan, aged 10, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • John McLennan, who landed in New York in 1780

McLennan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kenneth McLennan, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906

McLennan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William McLennan, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mr. William McLennan U.E., (McLellan) who settled in St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McLennan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Christian McLennan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Isobel McLennan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Janet McLennan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Kate McLennan, aged 3, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Murdo McLennan, aged 3, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLennan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ewan McLennan, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Kenneth McLennan, aged 27, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • Catherine McLennan, aged 28, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"
  • John McLennan, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • Mary McLennan, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLennan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Donald McLennan, aged 19, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • John McLennan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gazelle" in 1853
  • Murdoch McLennan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
  • Hannah McLennan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
  • Archie McLennan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ellen Lewis" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLennan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLennan (post 1700)



  • Donald Roderick McLennan (1873-1944), American co-founder of the insurance brokerage firm Burroughs, Marsh & McLennan in 1905, later renamed Marsh & McLennan
  • General Kenneth McLennan, American (Canadian born) army General, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (1979-1981)
  • John Ferguson McLennan (1827-1881), Scottish ethnologist and lawyer
  • Gordon McLennan (1924-2011), Scottish General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain between 1975 and 1990
  • Daniel Morrison "Danny" McLennan (1925-2004), Scottish football player and coach
  • Ross McLennan, Australian drummer, best known as a member of Australian rock band The Predators
  • Margo McLennan (1938-2004), born Eileen Marguerite McMenemy, English actress, best known for her role in the Australian soap opera Prisoner
  • Sir John Cunningham McLennan KBE FRS FRSC (1867-1935), Canadian physicist, recipient of the Royal Society of Canada's Flavelle Medal in 1926
  • John McLennan (1821-1893), Canadian businessman and politician who represented Glengarry, Ontario in the Canadian House of Commons from 1879 to 1882
  • Jamie McLennan (b. 1971), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McLennan Historic Events


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McLennan Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Mclennan, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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: Hoc majorum virtus
Motto Translation: This is the valour of my ancestors.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  11. ...

The McLennan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLennan 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 4 June 2016 at 22:45.

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