Last name: McCloud

The Macleods are thought by some to descend from the old Lords of the Isle of Man, as they began, early in the 18th Century, to add the Arms of Man to their Coat of Arms, but this is by no means conclusive as such heraldic assumptions were not uncommon in the 17th and 18th Centuries. McLeod is the Anglicization of the Gaelic "MacLeoid", meaning son (Mac) of Leod, which derives from the Norse personal name "Ljotr" or "Ljot", originally a double stemmed name of which this word was the first element, probably from "ljot-ulf", ugly wolf. In the modern idiom the surname has many spelling variations including McCloud, McCloid, McGlaud, McKleod, and McLewd etc. An interesting namebearers, listed in the "Dictionary of National Biography", were: Mary MacLeod (1569 - 1674), the Gaelic "Poetess of the Isles", whose poems were chiefly panegyrics of the MacLeods; and John McLeod (1777 - 1820), a naval surgeon and author, who was concerned in the capture of a French ship, and tried for piracy. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gillandres MacLeod, which was dated 1227, in the "Acts of Parliament of Scotland", during the reign of King Alexander 11 of Scotland, 1214 - 1249. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Tiffany
My father said that I was relates to the McClouds, so I'm doing a project on them. Please, I need your help.

Irma Martin

McCloud is used as first names throughout my family starting with my 2 Gt Grandfather Henry Alexander. His line goes back to Scotland to the MacDonalds. I am not sure if McCloud is Scottish.

Jakee Mccloud

Hey family, my great grandfather is Thomas Mccloud sr, n our family bloodline descends so long ago, very possibly before slavery since I found some of my ancestor's census records from 1730 throughout NJ, meaning we were not slaves in the south region like most african americans who came from the boat, my grandfather, whose name is Thomas Mccloud jr., and who also had 4 siblings,, Bill George Samuel and Alfred... n I also think there father had brothers n sisters, and his father's name was George as well. We are strong, very pure in many senses, spiritually connected, and very respected, our name ring bells even before the show Highlander with duncan mccloud which is subliminal that our Last name represented a Knight, a King, and a strong person of honor by all.. we are some of the rare families whose last name did not come from a white slave master but we have been here before then,, we were apart of the real first slaves, with the indians who were already here , but we worked off our debts and were freed before they went and started importing african slaves instead. If you research the right info, please share all additional information about our family,, thank you, love you'll Mccloud, and God Bless. MCCLOUD SALUTE!

Jakee Mccloud

Hey family, my great grandfather is Thomas Mccloud sr, n our family bloodline descends so long ago, very possibly before slavery since I found some of my ancestor's census records from 1730 throughout NJ, meaning we were not slaves in the south region like most african americans who came from the boat, my grandfather, whose name is Thomas Mccloud jr., and who also had 4 siblings,, Bill George Samuel and Alfred... n I also think there father had brothers n sisters, and his father's name was George as well. We are strong, very pure in many senses, spiritually connected, and very respected, our name ring bells even before the show Highlander with duncan mccloud which is subliminal that our Last name represented a Knight, a King, and a strong person of honor by all.. we are some of the rare families whose last name did not come from a white slave master but we have been here before then,, we were apart of the real first slaves, with the indians who were already here , but we worked off our debts and were freed before they went and started importing african slaves instead. If you research the right info, please share all additional information about our family,, thank you, love you'll Mccloud, and God Bless. MCCLOUD SALUTE!