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McLeod is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from the personal name Leod. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Leoid, which means son of Leod, son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Northern Isles. Olaf was from a dynasty of Norse Kings, who, for centuries held the Isles. They were in turn descended from King Halfdan the Stingy, a King who was reputed to be descended from the god Frey. Leod held the island of Lewis, the mainland Glenelg and part of Skye in about 1195 AD. It was his two sons who founded the two great branches of the Siol Tormod and the Siol Torquil.

McLeod Early Origins



The surname McLeod was first found in on the Isle of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Ledhas), where the Siol Tormod branch held the territories of Harris, Glenelg and Dunvegan Castle in Skye; while the Siol Torquil branch held Assynt and Cadboll, and the Island of Ramasay. There were no title deeds for these territories as they had been considered possessions of Norway. Yet when King Haakon asserted his authority over the lands in 1263 King Alexander resisted. Although the Scottish King Alexander signed the Treaty of Perth allowing payment of rent to Norway for all these lands, it was never paid and the whole of the western Isles became Scottish possessions.

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McLeod Spelling Variations


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McLeod Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McLeod has been spelled MacLeod, MacCleod, MacCloud, MacLoud and many more.

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McLeod Early History


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McLeod Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McLeod research. Another 515 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1314, 1597, 1613, 1715, 1745, and 1777 are included under the topic Early McLeod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McLeod Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLeod Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Sir Roderick MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle who led 600 of his Clansmen to Ireland to assist in O'Donnell's rebellion and Lord MacLeod's Highlanders (73rd Regiment - later the 71st Regiment)...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McLeod Notables 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 hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McLeod arrived in North America very early:

McLeod Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ranald, and William and his wife Mary McLeod all arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 1773
  • Aeneas McLeod, aged 60, arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Aneas McLeod, aged 60, arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Angus McLeod, aged 30, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775
  • Christian McLeod, aged 12, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774-1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLeod Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald McLeod, aged 66, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Daniel McLeod, aged 30, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Duncan McLeod, aged 25, arrived in North Carolina in 1813
  • Mary McLeod, who arrived in North Carolina in 1830
  • Dungan McLeod, who landed in Arkansas in 1892

McLeod Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mardo McLeod, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Hugh McLeod, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • James McLeod, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Janet McLeod, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • David McLeod, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLeod Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hector McLeod, aged 19, arrived in Red River, Canada in 1812
  • John McLeod, aged 42, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Janet McLeod, aged 33, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815
  • Malcom/Malcolm McLeod, aged 28, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Ann McLeod, aged 29 1/2, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLeod Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Gilbert McLeod, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Neil McLeod, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Ann McLeod, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • Robert McLeod arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Daniel McLeod arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McLeod Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frances Mcleod, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • James Mcleod, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Donald McLeod, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • George McLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gazelle" in 1853
  • Thomas McLeod arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gazelle" in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLeod (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McLeod (post 1700)



  • Norman Zenos McLeod (1898-1964), American film director
  • Fred McLeod (1882-1976), Scottish-American golfer
  • Paul McLeod (b. 1987), Scottish professional football player
  • Peter Gerard McLeod (b. 1948), Australian racing driver
  • Donald Grant McLeod (b. 1959), New Zealand former field hockey player
  • Hugh McLeod (1843-1879), Scottish-born, Canadian lawyer and politician who represented Cape Breton in the Canadian House of Commons (1878 to 1879)
  • Kevin Andrew McLeod (b. 1980), English professional footballer
  • Izale "Izzy" Michael McLeod (b. 1984), English footballer
  • Jenny McLeod ONZM (b. 1941), New Zealand composer and former Professor of Music
  • Sarah McLeod (b. 1971), New Zealand movie and television series actress
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McLeod Historic Events


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McLeod Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • child McLeod, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward H. McLeod (1901-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Herbert Charles McLeod (1916-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from Regent, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ian M McLeod (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kildalton, Port Ellen, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Victor Mcleod, English O Seaman from Seacombe, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Suggested Readings for the name McLeod


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Suggested Readings for the name McLeod



  • McLeod, Stovall, Hinkle, and Allied Families by Daniel McLeod Peterson.
  • Neal McLeod: Emigrant from the Isle of Skye, Scotland by Grover Stephen McLeod.

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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Eliza.htm

Other References

  1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. 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.
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The McLeod Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLeod 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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