Yes,that is really rather interesting that they would have
two families who named their sons the same.
My McClenny family has been in Virginia since 1696 when
William E. McClenny came over,family tradition says, as
William's name has also been spelled MackClenny and if you
can get a copy of Nell Nugent's book Cavaliers And Pioneers
Vol.3,on page 152 there is a reference to William McClenny
acquiring 450 acres of lapsed land in Nansemond Co.,Va. in
On the document the last name is spelled MacClanee.
Which is very close to the way you spell your name.
My late Uncle Dexter was the one who did a lot of work on
the family tree but he couldn't get anywhere when it came
to tracing the family in the British Isles.
All we know is the name is more likely Scottish than Irish
in origin,but we haven't any proof either way really.
Actually I have wondered if McClenny and McLaney aren't both
variants of the name McCluny,which is a variant of McClung.
It would certainly appear likely that they might at least
all originate from the same place as they are all so similiar.
btw:It appears that there are both McClennys and Clennys.
P.S.I wonder if it isn't possible that your ancestor's name
might have been McClenny/McClenney to begin with but when
they came to Virginia they found out that there was already
an existing family of McClennys and so not to get confused
they simply changed the spelling to McLaney.
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