McLean Coat of Arms

McLean Coat of Arms / McLean Family Crest

Origin Displayed: Scottish

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

Spelling Variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McLean has been spelled MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in the Western Isles where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independance, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McLeans to arrive on North American shores: James Elizabeth, Anne, Daniel, James, Lettice, McLean who were all on record in Charles Town S.C. in 1767; Duncan McLean, who settled in Boston in 1766.

Motto Translated: Virtue is my honour.

Suggested Readings for the name McLean

  • The Way We Were by Alethea Mary Wallack McClain.
  • MacLean, the Family of Judge Alney and Tabitha McLean of Greenvilee, Kentucky by Sally Stone Trotter.


Some noteworthy people of the name McLean

  • David McLean (1922-1995), American film and television actor.
  • Edward Beale McLean (1889-1941), American newspaper publisher, Washington Post
  • Gloria Hatrick McLean, wife of American actor Jimmy Stewart
  • Bruce McLean, Scottish Artist
  • Al McLean (b. 1937), Canadian politician from Ontario
  • Allan McLean (1840-1911), Australian politician from Victoria