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Mclean Family History

Mclean Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of (Saint) John’. The family bearing this name were chieftains in several islands of the Inner Hebrides. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Eóin, cognate with 1, from a different Gaelic form of Johannes (John). Compare McGlone.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Mclear, Mckean, Mclennan, Mcvean, Mcbean, Mcleod, Mcpeak, Mclagan

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Where is the Mclean family from?

You can see how Mclean families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mclean family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mclean families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1911 there were 610 Mclean families living in New Brunswick. This was about 32% of all the recorded Mclean's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Mclean families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mclean surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mclean ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Mclean. 36% of Mclean men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Mclean women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mclean were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    36%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 604,000 census records available for the last name Mclean. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mclean census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 119,000 immigration records available for the last name Mclean. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 70,000 military records available for the last name Mclean. For the veterans among your Mclean ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mclean lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mclean life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Mclean in 1940 was 54, and 74 in 2004.

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