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McCleod Surname Origin
From Mac, son, and Clode, from Claudius, the second emperor who invaded Britain. Churchill says he was named Claudius because, through fear of death, he buried himself alive, being plucked by the heels out of a hole to be set upon the throne.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
McCleod Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to McCleod family history than the origin of your surname:
A McCleod Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738