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Origins of the McLean surname

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About the McLeans

We have a total number of 212176 records for people with the last name McLean.

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Where do most McLeans live?

In 1921, most McLeans lived in London.


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Interesting facts about McLeans

How common is your surname?

449th most common surname in the UK

We have 145,000 records for the McLean surname. The oldest one dates back to 1746.

Who were McLeans most likely to marry?

Mc Leans

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Smiths

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What are the most common McLean first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

Our birth record sets tell us the names of McLean family members

Common jobs for McLeans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for McLeans in 1921
Domestic Servant

1,012

F S

817

Dressmaker

754

Housekeeper

626

General Servant

528

Common Male occupations for McLeans in 1921
Fisherman

1,154

Crofter

1,110

Coal Miner

796

Farm Servant

640

General Labourer

610

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