McLennon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McLennon 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 McLennon family

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLennon research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1296, 1329, 1555, 1606, 1609, 1746 and 1890 are included under the topic Early McLennon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McLennon Spelling Variations

Boernician names that evolved in the largely preliterate Middle Ages are often marked by considerable spelling variations. McLennon has been spelled MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.

Early Notables of the McLennon family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McLennon family to Ireland

Some of the McLennon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McLennon migration to the United States +

Some of the Boernician-Scottish Clan families who came to North America were Loyalists who went north to Canada after the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border went on to found two of the world's great nations. This century, families with Scottish roots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and clan societies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name McLennon or a variant listed above:

McLennon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph M McLennon, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1859 [1]

Canada McLennon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McLennon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Roderick McLennon/McLanan, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Miss. Eliza McLennon, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Nelson's Village" departing 10th May 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [2]

Australia McLennon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McLennon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Christina McLennon, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [3]
  • Hugh McLennon, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

New Zealand McLennon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McLennon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. McLennon, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Deborah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McLennon (post 1700) +

  • John Thomas McLennon (b. 1948), Newfoundland-born, Canadian politician who represented Windsor-Buchans in the Newfoundland House of Assembly from 1982 to 1985
  • John McLennon (1855-1888), United States Army musician who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of the Big Hole in Montana in 1877

The McLennon 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.

  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 88)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook
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