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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."

McLernon Early Origins



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.

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McLernon Spelling Variations


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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.

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McLernon Early History


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McLernon Early History



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

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McLernon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McLernon Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McLernon In Ireland


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McLernon In Ireland



Some of the McLernon 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



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 Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel McLernon, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Joseph McLernon, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name McLernon (post 1700)


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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

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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



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    3. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    11. ...

    The McLernon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McLernon 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 12 May 2015 at 08:34.

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