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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.
john Renshaw MCCLURE was born 12 May 1791 in Tazwell, Va. He died 30 Apr 1867 in Tazwell, Va.
John married Oliva MARRS, daughter of James MARRS and Sarah (Sally) Sally WORKMAN, on 10 Mar 1839 in Tazwell, Va. Oliva was born 4 Nov 1814 in Tazwell, Va. She died 4 Jan 1906 in Tazewell Co., Wva.
They had the following children:
+ 2 F i. Maria Louise MCCLUREMaria Louise MCCLURE was born 9 May 1841 and died 1904.
3 M ii. Flamust Sephus (Flavias MCCLURE was born 5 Jul 1842 in Tazwell, Va. He died 3 Oct 1920.
Flamust married (1) Mary CANDY on 25 Mar 1864.
Flamust also married (2) Mary J. (Walrend) WATROND on 31 Mar 1864.
+ 4 F iii. Josephine Nicatie MCCLUREJosephine Nicatie MCCLURE was born 15 Sep 1843 and died 3 Mar 1911.
+ 5 F iv. Harriett Tennesse MCCLUREHarriett Tennesse MCCLURE was born 13 Jan 1845 and died 30 Mar 1911.
6 F v. Emily Carline MCCLURE was born 18 Oct 1847 in Tazwell, Va. She died 28 Oct 1930.
Emily married Ballard R. MYERS on 1 Oct 1868 in Tazewell Co., Va.
7 M vi. Winfield Scoth MCCLURE was born 24 Aug 1853 in Tazwell, Va. He died Sep 1927.
Winfield married Martely ROSE.
+ 8 M vii. Framont Clay MCCLUREFramont Clay MCCLURE was born 22 Sep 1855 and died 1 Jan 1909.
9 F viii. Nettie Aequssnal MCCLURE was born 1857 in Tazwell, Va. She died 1862.
10 F ix. Cidy Moselie America MCCLURE was born 1860 in Tazwell, Va. She died 1862.
11 F x. Flavous Josephus MCCLURE was born 5 Jul 1842 in Tazewell Co., Va.
Flavous married Mary J. WALROND on 31 Mar 1864 in Tazewell Co., Va.
12 F xi. Mademmoiselle A. MCCLURE was born Sep 1859 in Tazewell Co., Va.
McClure Family Tree
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- Susan Kaye Thomas McClure
- Irma Mcclure
- Patricia Anne McClure born 1960
- Benjamin Dudley McClure born 1991
- Stephan Jacob McClure born 1989
- Christopher Patrick McClure born 1988
- Ebb McClure
- James W. McClure born 1959
- Patrick E. McClure born 1960
- Carolyn Ann McClure
Famous People named McClureJustine McClure
McClure Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity
McClure Meaning & Etymology
McClure Life Expectancy
According to our database of 18,924 people with the last name McClure that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the oldest members of the McClure family on AncientFaces.
These are the longest-lived members of the McClure family on AncientFaces.
- Timothey Mcclure lived 115 years
- Carrie Mcclure lived 112 years
- Sarah Mcclure lived 106 years
- Ara Mcclure lived 106 years
- George M Mcclure lived 105 years
- Rachel Mcclure lived 104 years
- James M Mcclure lived 104 years
- Ruby G Mcclure lived 104 years
- Annie Mcclure lived 104 years
- Louise A Mcclure lived 103 years
Most Common McClure First Names
According to our database of 30,064 people with the last name McClure that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:
- James 3.5%
- John 3.5%
- William 3.3%
- Robert 2.5%
- Mary 2.2%
- Charles 1.6%
- George 1.3%
- David 1.2%
- Thomas 1.1%
- Margaret 0.8%
- Donald 0.6%
- Helen 0.6%
- Richard 0.6%
- Elizabeth 0.6%
- Joseph 0.6%
- Samuel 0.5%
- Dorothy 0.5%
- Edward 0.5%
- Harold 0.5%
- Kenneth 0.5%
- Ruth 0.5%
- Harry 0.5%
- Paul 0.5%
- Walter 0.5%
- Mcclure 0.5%
- Frank 0.4%
- Arthur 0.4%
- Henry 0.4%
- J 0.4%
- Michael 0.4%
- Betty 0.4%
- Ethel 0.4%
- Ralph 0.3%
- Martha 0.3%
- Albert 0.3%
- Jack 0.3%
- Roy 0.3%
- Sarah 0.3%
- Alice 0.3%
- Frances 0.3%
- Raymond 0.3%
- Carl 0.3%
- Virginia 0.3%
- Earl 0.3%
- Annie 0.3%
- Florence 0.3%
- Fred 0.3%
- Willie 0.3%
- Grace 0.3%
- Anna 0.3%
McClure Pronunciation & Spelling Variations