Mary Lee Becker
On this page, I will be looking at a very early record that includes the name of Brian Macklendon of
Barbados. I am also looking at all of the persons who are recorded with Byran Macklendon, to see if their surnames have an Irish counterpart, and if so, where in Ireland their clan might they be from.
Barbados Wills and Administrations, Vol 1.
Rice, Nicholas of Limericke, Ireland, now living in St Philips Parish Bdos, Merchant.
12 June 1677, rB6/13, p. 398
Capt John Higgenbottom, Lt. Richd: Townesend, & Lt. Samuel Finey to erect a hospital for the poor; bro William Rice of Limericke & his son John Rice; neice Christian Rice; cousins Lawrence Rice, David Roch FitzDavid, William Poores, Andrew Ogg Craag, Nicholas Loftus, William Mahon, & Richard Arthur; sis in law Ellinor Rice, allias Roch; cousins James Rice FitzJohn, John Rice FitzLaurence, Laurence Rice FitzLaurence, John Rice FitzBartholomew, Patrick Creagh FitzDavid, James Rice FitzFrancis, Francis Rice FitzFrancisThomas Power Fitz___, & Francis Walter; Robert Rierdam; cousin Daniel Arthur of London merchant; Patrick White of Bdo; Sarah Reid, wife of John Reid Esq; Roman Catholic Clergy of the city of Limericke where I was born; nephews George Rice & Nicholas Rice - Xtrs; friends John Reid, John Witham Esq, & Capt John Higginbottom - Overseers. signed Nicho: Rice
Wit: John (x) Homeyard, Bryan (x) Macklendon
Proved 10 June 1677
[The following short phrases in quotation marks and page numbers are from Edward MacLysaght's "The Surnames of Ireland." The footnotes are by Mary Becker, and refer to the names listed in the above]
 Rice could be O'Mulgreevy/Mugrievy
"O Mulcreevy, Mulgrievy 'O Maolchraoibhe' An Oriel sept whose name has been widely changed to Rice...Map Amagh-Down'
"...those of Oriel are 'O Maolchraoibhe' the anglicizing of which Rice is puzzling."
 Craagh could be Creagh. Note that there is also listed a Patrick Creagh FitzDavid:
"Creagh 'Craobhach' An adjectival surname, formed from 'craobh' branch, assumed by the O'Neills of Co. Clare...Map Limerick."
 The prefix Fitz is the equivalent of the Irish Mac/Mc, meaning "the son of." The use of Fitz is Anglo-Norman, and was adopted by the Anglo-Norman families who came to Ireland in the 12th century, "becoming more Irish than the Irish." FitzJohn would be MacShane to the Irish, because Seain, or Shane is John in Irish.
"Mac Shane 'Mac Seain.' The name is equivalent to Johnson. In Ulster and Louth the MacShanes are a branch of the O'Neills."
 Loftus could be anglicized form of Loughnane
"O Loughnane 'O Lachtnain..in Meath, where it may be classed as of Oriel..."
"Loftus...numerous in Connacht, where it is not English but almost always a synonym of Loughnane."
 Mahon is most likely MacMahon. Clan MacMahon was extremely important in the history of the Oriel. Could also be O'Mohan. Both were prominent in C. Monaghan, which was controlled by the Oriel.
"Mac Mahon 'Mac Mathghamhna'....the majority of the many distinguished men of the name were from Co. Monaghan.."
"O Mohan 'O Mochain' ...Mohan with its variant Moan, is actually now more numerous in Co. Monaghan."
 Reid could be O'Mulderrig or O'Mulready.
"...in Ireland it is used as a synonym by semitranslation of Mulderrig ('dearg', red) but also occasionally by abbreviation of Mulready."
"O'Mulreidy 'O Maoilbhrighde' (devotee of St. Brigid)."
"Arthur This pre-Norman family has been prominant in Limerick since the twelfth century. The name is Norse in origin.
 White could be the anglicized version of any one of four Gaelic surnames: Bane, Bawn, Galligan or Kilbane.
"White, by translation of the words 'ban' and 'geal' often replaces Bane, Bawn, Galligan and Kilbane. Map Down and Sligo"
 Bryan Macklendon: See other pages that I have posted to this forum the possible Irish origins of the surname MacLendon [Mac Giolla Fhiondain].
Mary (McClendon) Becker
Oriel Septs of Ireland Project
McClendon DNA Project