The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the McPharlan family. The root of their name is the personal name Parlan,
which is the Gaelic equivalent of Bartholomew.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Pharlain.
Early Origins of the McPharlan family
The surname McPharlan was 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.
Early History of the McPharlan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPharlan research.Another 625 words (45 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1395 and are included under the topic Early McPharlan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McPharlan Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McPharlan has appeared in various documents spelled MacFarlane, MacFarlain, MacFarlan, MacFarland, MacParlan, MacParland, MacPartland, MacPartlin, MacPharlane, MacPharlin, MacPharlan and many more.
Early Notables of the McPharlan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McPharlan family to Ireland
Some of the McPharlan 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McPharlan family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McPharlan or a variant listed above: John MacFarlan settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766; Alexander, Andrew, Daniel, Hugh, George, Henry, James, John, Mary, Patrick, Robert and William MacFarland all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.