Clan MacLaren Surname DNA Project- Background



Balquhidder, Fad, Faed, Gow, Lair, Lare, Larnach, Laughton, Laurence, Laurenson, Laurie, Laurin, Law, Lawes, Lawrence, Lawrie, Lawry, Laws, Lawson, Lawton, Lawurence, Lawurie, Lorne, Losson, Lourie, Low, Lowary, Lowe, Lowery, Lowes, Lowrey, Lowrie, Lowry, Lows, Lowson, MacAcllion, MacClaran, MacClarane, MacClaren, MacClarence, MacClarin, MacClarnen, MacClarnin, MacClaron, MacClarren, MacCleran, MacCleren, MacClern, MacCloran, MacCloren, MacClurn, MacCrorie, MacCrory, MacFade, MacFait, MacFate, MacFater, MacFatter, MacFead, MacFeat, MacFeater, MacFeet, MacGory, MacGrorie, MacGrory, MacIntyre, MacKlarain, MacLaran, MacLaren, MacLarin, MacLarran, MacLarren, MacLarrin, MacLauren, MacLaurie, MacLaurin, MacLaw, MacLawrence, MacLawrin, MacLaws, MacLeran, MacLeren, MacLern, MacLoarn, MacLoern, MacLorry, MacLure, MacPartick, MacPater, MacPatrick, MacPeeters, MacPetre, MacPetrie, MacPetry, MacPhait, MacPhater, MacPhatter, MacPheter, MacRorie, MacRory, MacRoy, MacRuadhri, MacRuaidhri, MacRuari, MacRuer, MacRurie, MacRury, Maklaurene, McClairin, McClaran, McClaranan, McClaren, McClarence, McClareon, McClarian, McClarin, McClarion, McClarn, McClarnan, McClarne, McClarnen, McClarnon, McClaron, McClarran, McClarren, McClarrin, McClarron, McClary, McClaryan, McClaurane, McClaurene, McClaurin, McClaurine, McClearen, McClearin, McClearn, McClearns, McClearon, McCleeren, McCleran, McCleren, McClerhan, McClerin, McClern, McClernand, McCleron, McClerren, McClerrin, McClerron, McClery, McCloran, McCluron, McCreary, McCrori, McCrory, McElharran, McElheran, McElheren, McElheron, McElherren, McEllhurin, McFather, McFeat, McFeater, McFeaters, McFeatters, McFeet, McFeeter, McFeeters, McGrory, McIlcheran, McIleherran, McIlheran, McIlheren, McIllherin, McLaaren, McLacarn, McLairan, McLairans, McLairen, McLairens, McLairin, McLairn, McLaran, McLarane, McLareen, McLarem, McLaren, M'Clarene, McLarern, McLarin, M'Claring, McLarn, McLarnan, McLarning, McLaron, McLarran, McLarren, McLarrin, McLarry, McLauran, McLauren, McLaurie, McLaurin, McLaurine, McLaury, McLaw, McLawran, McLawren, McLawrence, McLawrin, McLawrine, McLaws, McLearen, M'Clearen, McLearin, McLearn, McLearran, McLeary, McLeran, McLeren, McLerens, McLernon, McLeron, M'Cleron, McLerran, McLerren, McLorinan, McLurin, McPatrick, McPeeters, McPeter, McPeters, McPhater, McPhatter, McPheter, McPheters, McRorie, McRory, McRuari, McRurie, McRury, McSlarron, M'Kleron, M'Lairen, M'Larin, M'Laring, M'Laurains, M'Lauren, M'Leran, M'Lern, Paterson, Pateson, Patinson, Patison, Patrick, Patterson, Patteson, Pattinson, Pattison, Peatrie, Peatry, Peters, Peterson, Petrie, Petry, Rorie, Rorison, Rory, Wright


Clan Labhran is from the Central Highlands of Scotland.  Over time, the surnames of this Clan have been rendered into English as MacLaren, McLaurin, MacLauren, McLeran, McClaren, McLearen, etc.  Additionally, the name has become Lawrence, Law, Lawson, Low, Laurie, Lowry, and many other variants of these surnames.  Some Pattersons (or MacPatricks or variants) are said to be descendants of a Patrick MacLaren.  Some MacRuaris (MacRory, McRory, McCrory, Rory, etc.) joined the Clan after their Clan self destructed.  While most MacIntyres or Wrights are not MacLarens, there were a few in Balquhidder of old who were MacLarens.  The MacLaren surname project attempts to determine the relationships between the various groupings of MacLarens (of all the surnames of the Clan).  All male MacLarens bearing these surnames, or any male bearing any surname who believe they descent on a straight-line paternal descent from a male bearing one of the MacLaren surnames, are encouraged to join this project.  We are looking for members from around the world -- Scotland, England, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and others.  Please note that the Project Administrator recommends at least the 37-marker test and strongly recommends the 67-marker test.  Please also note that the Project Administrator is a volunteer and does not receive any pay for his efforts in getting MacLarens to test.  As the Clan Genealogist for the Clan MacLaren Society of North America and the Genealogist for the Clan MacLaren Society (based in Scotland), he uses DNA results as one more tool in helping all MacLarens (and the other surnames of the Clan) in their genealogical pursuits.  You can contact him at if you have any questions.  You can see the DNA Project results at  You can visit the Clan MacLaren Society of North America website at

General Fund

Current balance: $311.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $100.00 2/25/2018 Joni Paterson In Memory of Andrew Wallace Paterson   Memory Of
Debit $327.00 7/19/2016     527511 Unknown
Debit $327.00 7/19/2016     527512 Unknown
Credit $40.00 7/8/2016 Stuart McLaren     Unknown
Credit $500.00 4/8/2016 Mark McLaren ck# 788   Unknown
Credit $129.00 10/10/2014   moved from kit 47708-cc pymt from 3/14/14   Unknown
Debit $99.00 1/4/2010   Kit 159681 Y37to67 upgrade 159681 Unknown
Credit $149.00 1/1/2010 Robert McLaren     Unknown
Debit $50.00 7/30/2009     158819 Unknown
Debit $123.00 7/23/2009 D3811 Multi Kit Order 159681 Unknown
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 77
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 124
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 177
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 139
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 472
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 20
Maternal Ancestor Information 558
mtDNA 286
mtDNA Full Sequence 176
mtDNA Plus 248
mtDNA Subgroups 16
Paternal Ancestor Information 786
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 146
Total Members 1240
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 109
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 62
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 48
Y-DNA Subgroups 147
Y-DNA111 266
Y-DNA12 981
Y-DNA25 948
Y-DNA37 924
Y-DNA67 769