McCANDLESS is derived from the Gaelic Mac Cuindlis. This name appears in six variant forms. The name is numerous in Ulster.
It was a baptismal name 'the son of MacCandlis'. Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames: they came into being fairly generally in the 11th century, and indeed a few were formed before the year 1000. The surnames in Ireland originally signified membership of a clan, but with the passage of time, the clan system became less distinct, and surnames came to identify membership of what is called a 'sept'; a group of people all living in the same locality, all bearing the same surname, but not necessarily descended from a common ancestor. Adoption of the name by people who did not otherwise have a surname and by dependents was not uncommon. Just over one hundred years after the Norman Conquest of England, the first Normans arrived in Ireland. Richard de Clare, Second Earl of Pembroke (died 1176), was known as Strongbow. He was invited to Ireland by Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, whose daughter he married, to help him in his wars with his neighbours. He was accompanied by several retainers whose name, like his own, have become well established as surnames in Ireland. The Normans established themselves in Leinster and paid homage to Henry II of England. Some of the Norman settlers acquired surnames derived from the Irish. Early records of the name mention Matilda Candeles, 1379 in Yorkshire. In 1684, the name appears as McCANDLISH, McANDLISH, M'CANLEIS, and M'CAUNLES. Eight of this name appear in Wigtownshire, Scotland in the 18th century. William M'CANDLISH in Balmangan was recorded there in 1794. The spelling with MAC is probably now extinct. Many Highland families migrated from Scotland to Ireland during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were granted the lands of the native Catholic Irish. People heard of the attractions of the New World, and many left Ireland to seek a better life sailing aboard the fleet of ships known at the 'White Sails', but much illness took its toll with the overcrowding of the ships which were pestilence ridden. From the port of entry many settlers made their way west, joining the wagons to the priaries, and many loyalists went to Canada about the year 1790, and became known as the United Empire Loyalists.
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