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From: Mac McCutchan <>
Subject: Re: Bells Book
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 15:34:09 -0500

Frances Bennett Maddox asked, "Could someone look up McMillan/McMullen
and McKean."

McMILLAN: This is the principal spelling of the name. Alternate
spellings given by Bell include McMillen McMullan and McMullen. All are
versions of the Scottish Clan McMillan. In Ireland, the names are
almost exclusive to Ulster and are found mainly in counties Antrim and
The McMillans were a tribe of Moray, originally of the people of
Kanteai, on the the subsidiaries of the northern Picts. However, the
name was first recorded in Lanarkshire in 1263. It first appears as a
powerful clan in 1360, when Malcom Mor McMillan received Knapdale in
Argyllshire from the Lord of the Isles.
Hanna's list of babies born in Ireland in 1890 includes only the
spelling McMullan. 108 McMullan babies were born in Ireland in that
year; of that total, 99 were born in Ulster, concentrated in counties
Antrim and Down.

McKEAN: This name has both Scottish and Irish origins. In Scotland,
the name was originally McIain; there were McIain septs of both clan
Gunn and the McDonalds - McDonalds of Ardnamurchan and of Glencoe in
Argyllshire. In Ulster, the Scottish McKeans are centered in Derry and
The Irish McKeans are centered in county Monaghan, and are properly
Muckians, or Muckeens, Gaelic O Mochaidhean, a leading sept in the
barony of Cremorne.

Mac McCutchan

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