McClean Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McClean Family History

If you are conducting some McClean family history research then you can view the McClean coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McClean surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name McClean in Ireland is derived from the Mac Giolla Eain Sept of Counties Derry and Antrim where the majority of descendants can still today be found. The name was introduced into the country by Galloglass warriors from Scotland. MacLean is a variant.

A Sept is an ancient Clan-like collective describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McClean Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
Fish Symbol of Christ
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
Ship/Galley Symbol of a notable Expedition by Sea
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