McLernon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The McLernon 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 McLernon family
The surname McLernon was first found in Ayrshire where their history vitally is enmeshed with that of the larger Logan Clan. The McLernon 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 McLernon family
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McLernon Spelling Variations
Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. McLernon has appeared under the variations MacLennan, MacLenan, McLennan, McLennen and many more.
Early Notables of the McLernon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McLernon family to Ireland
Some of the McLernon 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.
McLernon migration to the United States +
The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McLernon were among those contributors:
McLernon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick McLernon, who landed in Mississippi in 1870 
- John McLernon, who landed in Colorado in 1887 
McLernon 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:
McLernon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel McLernon, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
- Joseph McLernon, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name McLernon (post 1700) +
- Chris McLernon, American musician, the current bassist of the band Saigon Kick
- James W. McLernon (b. 1927), retired American automobile company executive, first president of manufacturing at Volkswagen of America
- Sir William McLernon Goodenough (b. 1954), 3rd Baronet, English peer
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The McLernon 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.
- ^ 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)