McLin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as McLin, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. Originally, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The McLin family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh county of Brecon.
Early Origins of the McLin family
The surname McLin was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after his invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Important Dates for the McLin family
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McLin Spelling Variations
During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name McLin include Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.
Early Notables of the McLin family (pre 1700)
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McLin migration to the United States
A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name McLin:
McLin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Olof Mclin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in 1895
- Pauline Mclin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in November 1895
- Marlena Mclin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in November 1895
McLin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hulda E. Mc Lin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in August 1902
- Agnes McLin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in October 1907
- William H. McLin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in October 1907
- William H McLin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in March 1911
- William Mc Lin, who arrived at Ellis Island, America in April 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name McLin (post 1700)
- Lieutenant Commander Robert D. McLin, U.S. Navy, a pilot of LC-130 Hercules aircraft in Antarctica, eponym of the McLin Glacier, Antarctica
- Rhine Lana McLin (b. 1948), American Democratic politician, 54th Mayor of Dayton (2002-2010), Member of the Ohio Senate (1995-2001)
- Clarence Josef McLin Sr. (1899-1966), American funeral director and politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
- Lena Mae McLin (b. 1928), née Johnson, an American music teacher, composer and author, founder of the McLin Ensemble in the 1950s
- Claude McLin (1925-1995), American jazz tenor saxophonist
- Clarence Josef "C.J." McLin Jr. (1921-1988), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1967-1988)
- McLin Lunday (1792-1834), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1834