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McLennan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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."

Early Origins of the McLennan family


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.

Early History of the McLennan family


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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.

Early Notables of the McLennan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McLennan family to Ireland


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Migration of the McLennan family to the New World and Oceana


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, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Anne McLennan, aged 20, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Marion McLennan, aged 18, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Murdock McLennan, aged 10, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John McLennan, who landed in New York in 1780 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

McLennan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kenneth McLennan, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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 [2]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, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Murdo McLennan, aged 3, who 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  • Kenneth McLennan, aged 27, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  • Catherine McLennan, aged 28, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Bunyan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbunyan1854.shtml
  • John McLennan, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  • Mary McLennan, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  • ... (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, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • John McLennan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gazelle" in 1853
  • Murdoch McLennan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
  • Hannah McLennan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Breadalbane" in 1858
  • Archie McLennan, who 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.)

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.)

Historic Events for the McLennan family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. James Mclennan, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

HMS Royal Oak

  • Alexander John McLennan (1914-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

The McLennan 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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Bunyan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbunyan1854.shtml
  5. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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