McClure Surname History
The McClure lineage begins with the name, itself. There are several variants in the spelling of the name. The research I have been able to find explains that the different spellings are usually due to family infighting, trying to differentiate from other relatives that have placed shame on the name, hide identity, clerical errors and possibly illegable writing and illiteracy. The most ancient spelling of the name is from Scottish Gaelic origins: MacGilleUidhir and the Irish variant, Mac Giolla Uidhir. Another Gaelic variant: Mac giolla Dheoadha. Each spelling has a different meanning, as well and all are explained elsewhere on this site. There is one more unique Gaelic spelling of the name: MacLeabhair, pronounced Mack Lawer, aslo spelled MacLeabhair with the meaning of this rendition "son of the teachers" as they were the teachers in the Clan McLeod.
The McClures are a sept, or family, of the Clan McCloud, also several spelling variants. This essentially means that McClures are part of the McClouds and, in fact, all McClures are actually McClouds. How did this happen, you ask? It is actually rather simple to explain and will be explained in further reading. The most ancient records of the McClure surname is of "Manx" origin from the Isle of Man, a small island between Ireland and England located on the western coast of Scotland also known as theThe Hebrides Islands. It was originally inhabited by Gaelic, Norse and last, English. When speaking of being in Manx lineage, that is the origin of Mac or Mc used in the surname. It is unclear exactly when the "Mac" prefix was added, however, it is thought it was added with Norse for an addedum to show "son of" to differentiate. By the end of the 16th century, the "Mac" prefix was the dominant surname on the island. Research of the first "King" on the island, according to legend was King Manannan McLir, aslo pronounced McClure. The name, itself, comes from Norse legend as "The god of the ocean".
The heritage of the surname McClure is one filled with war, tragedy, history, nobility and humor. I will attempt to continue the legacy and heritage of the McClure name with this, amateur at best, family history page. I will, to the best of my ability and resources, try to tell a little about the McClures' and where the family originated, as well as how the McClure name came into being,when and why the family immigrated to "the new world". I will attempt to place my branch of "lost" relatives in the proper lineage line and increase general knowledge to anyone interested about the McClure family, especially the more recent lineage directly from my branch and others associated to us.
I truly hope that all enjoy this attempt at educating and sharing my family with the world.
May God bless each and every person that reads this page.
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McClure Family Tree
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- Archibald Alexander Ii, II 1771 - 1831
- Margaret McClure Mccomas 1785 - 1818
- Eliza McClure Doak
- Andrew McClure Mcclure 1821 - 1903
- Priscilla Cole Mcclure 1823 - 1847
- Joseph Mcclure 1813 - 1862
- David Mcclure
- Sarah Mcclure 1780 - ?
- Isabella Henderson Mcclure 1769 - 1843
- Phebe Mcclure 1768 - 1792