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The Macleods are thought by some to descend from the old Lords of the Isle of Man, as they began, early in the 18th Century, to add the Arms of Man to their Coat of Arms, but this is by no means conclusive as such heraldic assumptions were not uncommon in the 17th and 18th Centuries. McLeod is the Anglicization of the Gaelic "MacLeoid", meaning son (Mac) of Leod, which derives from the Norse personal name "Ljotr" or "Ljot", originally a double stemmed name of which this word was the first element, probably from "ljot-ulf", ugly wolf.

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