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Origins of Scottish surnames

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Re: Origins of surname McNarland

Posted: 2 Oct 2002 12:42AM GMT
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 9 Aug 2003 10:51AM GMT
From 'The Surnames of Scotland' by Dr. G.F. Black
McNarland is not listed, but see:

Early examples: James M'Nellane, servant in St. Ninians, Stirlingshire
John Maknellen, burgess and guid brother of Stirling, 1560
Other spellings: M'Knellane, Macknellan, McNilland

MacNerlin, MacErlane
From Irish Mac an Fhirleighinn = son of the lector, or man of reading.
Firleighghinn or Ferleighinn was the title of the head of a monastic school,
e.e Ferleighinn Dubside in Iona, 1164. Also latinised as Virolecus.
Morice Macinnirlegin got excommunicated.
Dominic Macnafirlegind was accused of being a notorious fornicator in 1443.

Possibly also MacNair - several possible derivations, and many examples are given.
The MacNairs of Lennox are reckoned to be a sept of Clan Macfarlane. Maybe some of that family confused the spellings of the two names at some point ?
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