Meaning and Origin of: McFarlane

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Pharthaláin, a patronymic from the personal nameParthalán, which is most probably from LatinBartholomaeus (see Bartholomew).
  • McFarlane is one of the most important Scottish clans, originally associated with Arrochar on Loch Long. Robert McFarlane came to NY in 1835 and was editor of Scientific American magazine (1848–65.