Mcleod Family History & Genealogy

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Mcleod Last Name History & Origin

Updated Jun 22, 2020


The progenitor of the Clan was Leod, who gained possession of much of Skye, including the Cuillins, Harris and Lewis in the mid 13th century. Later tradition claimed that he was descended from the Norse Kings of Man. Dunvegan was acquired by marriage to the MacRailt heiress and became the principle seat of the Clan where the Castle was built and developed. The Clan takes its name from Leod, whose sons were called MacLeod, mac being Gaelic for son.Leod had two sons, or grandsons, Tormod, English Norman, andTorcall, English Torquil, who became progenitors of the MacLeods of Harris and Dunvegan and the MacLeods of the Lewes.In the 14th century the MacLeods of Harris acquired Glenelg on the mainland at the strategic crossing point to Skye. Malcolm MacLeod, 3rdChief of Harris, built the keep at Dunvegan. Both MacLeod Clans supported theMacDonald Lord of the Isles, semi independent kings on the west coast. In Skye land was lost to the MacDonalds. After the forfeiture of the Lordship of the Isle, in 1493, the MacLeods and MacDonalds began feuding. At this difficult time Alexander MacLeod, 8thChief of Harris, known as Alasdair Crotach, kept the clan lands together and built himself a fine tomb in St Clement's Church, Rodel, Harris.

Name Origin

The McLeod last name originated in the early 1200's AD. At first the name was spelled as Macleod, meaning "Son of Leod" in scottish. Leod Olafson was the first cheif of the Macleod family, who was the progenitor of the name. Eventually, the name changed, at some point in time the A was removed to create "McLeod" which how it is spelled now.

Spellings & Pronunciations

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Nationality & Ethnicity

The Mcleods came from scotland, which is where the Macleod castle is located. The Macleods resided in Scotland for about 500 years until they emigrated to America around 1750. And currently there is not many explanations to why a few Macleod men left the castle to become farmers in America. Macleods still reside in scotland, where the current Mcleod cheif lives.

Early Mcleods

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1772 - 1873
1776 - 1873
1777 - 1877
1786 - 1878
1786 - 1881
1787 - 1883
1791 - 1892
1797 - 1881
1797 - 1882
1799 - 1891

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Sample of 20 Mcleod Biographies

Feb 7, 1846 - Unknown
Dec 2, 1897 - April 1971
Jun 1, 1906 - January 1986
Jun 30, 1886 - December 1979
Feb 12, 1900 - July 1989
Jul 6, 1934 - Oct 20, 1999
Mar 23, 1927 - May 12, 2008
Oct 28, 1891 - May 30, 1988
Apr 13, 1911 - Oct 26, 2006
Aug 8, 1917 - Apr 25, 1998
around 1985 - Unknown
around 1905 - Sep 24, 1934
Unknown - Unknown
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around 1913 - Unknown

Mcleod Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Mcleod family member is 67.6 years old according to our database of 15,024 people with the last name Mcleod that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

67.6 years

Oldest Mcleods

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Jan 20, 1875 - May 1984
109 years
Mar 21, 1892 - Sep 13, 1999
107 years
1808 - 1914
106 years
Nov 3, 1886 - Nov 15, 1990
104 years
Apr 10, 1875 - June 1978
103 years
Jul 12, 1902 - Mar 10, 2006
103 years
Nov 11, 1891 - Nov 26, 1994
103 years
Nov 30, 1899 - Jan 29, 2003
103 years
Oct 1, 1887 - April 1990
102 years
Oct 22, 1903 - Jan 30, 2006
102 years

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Sharnia Mcleod
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hi i'm sharnia unu mcleod
my siblings last names:hariata or harriet/mum:unu.39,hohaia or jeremy/papa:mcleod.34(i think),nevana/sister:unu.14,tawa/brother:mcleod.12,tumairangi/brother:mcleod.2(i think but i'm pretty sure it is), and me/sharnia:mcleod.11
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Karen Green-Warren
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...the following letter was written in 1910 and contains many surnames from the Stockdale and Winnsboro, Texas area...I am including it here for anyone who might be interested as the letter was very old and weathered, and I interpreted it the best I could...

...the other surnames listed in this letter include the following:

LEIGH is the letter...

Stockdale, Texas
May 29, 1910
Mrs. Mintie Cooper

Dear Sister,

I will try to write you a few lines this warm evening. All are tolerable, well except the baby. His bowels is bad all the time. I just wish you could hear him talk. He can say almost anything he wants to, and just as plain as can be. He sure has long, curly hair. I curl it in six curls, and he is sure pretty. He has an awful sore toe. He may have the nail nearly off of it. Well, tonite ends our school for this term, and a big time is expected.

Oh Mintie, how fast the grim reaper of death is reaping in and around Stockdale in less than three months. I will name some who have been lain away in Stockdale's city of the dead. Here they are. Dr. Johnson, old Grandma King, Mr. Moffit, Mrs. Carter, Lottie Pritchit (or Pritchet), Mrs. Dock Rice, Hodge Bishop, Cathline Park, and two of Mr. Culpepper's grandchildren, a baby of Mr. Stevenson's, and it seems like there is someone else, but I can't think who. Oh, I tell you they are going fast, but the Lord knows best. Oh, who will be next. It may be some of our own will be the next.

I heard a few days ago that Mr. Morris (or Norris) Miller was very low and not expected to live. Mintie, they say the Bishops took the Hodges death awful hard, and his poor little wife is almost crazy. They had only been married six months, and she was in a very delicate condition. She was Alma (Ma – but cannot make out remainder of letters). Hodge joined the church last summer, so I hope he was ready for the summons when it came. It would not be half so sad if everyone could be ready, but just think of old Brother Carter's wife. She committed suicide. She had lost her mind, and the church had made up enough money to send her to the asylum, and they were to take her the day she was buried. She cut her throat from ear to ear. Poor old Brother Carter. I sure do feel sorry for him. He is 70 years old, and she was (either 38 or 48). Brother Carter is an old worn out preacher. He is the father of our pastor. She left four little children. I suppose the oldest is about 8, and the baby is 2. Two little girls and two little boys. She had several step children.

Well, Mintie, I sure do love Leroy's wife. She is sure a sweet girl, and is as jolly as can be. I have been looking for her to come down and stay a few days with me, but she has not come. I had a card from her one day last week, and she said she would be here as soon as Henry got back from court, so I sure looked for her Saturday and yesterday. Mintie, how many little chicks have you. I only have 26. The fleas are killing mine. I have 12 about broilers, and 14 about 2 ½ weeks old. All of them are growing fast. I had a letter from ma a few days ago. Pa was up but very feeble, and Willie was just able to sit up. He had had 2 or 3 hemorrhages, and Ma said he looked awful bad.

Marshal Leigh has had slow fever. I have not heard from there in several days, so I do not know whether any of the rest have taken it or not. Well, I must close. Write when you can. I have been very busy sewing. I have about finished up though. Tell the children to write. Hello Buddy John. How is the hot weather serving your fat. It and my fat don't agree. Oh, how I do wish I could walk in and chat you all awhile. I do hope you all can come down this summer. My Hub is working for 25.00 per month now, but will get more after June. Bye bye. Love to all from all.

Your loving sis,


Postmark was May 31, 1910 Winnsboro, Texas (Received)
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