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Where did the Scottish McPartlin family come from? What is the Scottish McPartlin family crest and coat of arms? When did the McPartlin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McPartlin family history?

The McPartlin family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McPartlin is derived from the personal name Parlan, which is the Gaelic equivalent of Bartholomew. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Pharlain.

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Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McPartlin include MacFarlane, MacFarlain, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacParlan, MacParland, MacPartland, MacPartlin, MacPharlane, MacPharlin, MacPharlan and many more.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they were descended from the ancient Chief Allan, son of Farlane and settled in Strathdonn in Aberdeenshire about the 9th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPartlin research. Another 625 words(45 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early McPartlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McPartlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McPartlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 McPartlin arrived in North America very early:

McPartlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Terence McPartlin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

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  • Mr. Myles Mcpartlin (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking


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The McPartlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McPartlin 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 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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