Don McLean

McLean in 2012, photo by Egghead06

Birth Name: Donald McLean III

Place of Birth: New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 2, 1945

*father – Scottish, English, Dutch, German, Swiss-German
*mother – Italian

Don McLean is an American singer, songwriter, and musician.

Don is the son of Elizabeth and Donald McLean. His mother was born in New York, to Italian parents, with origins in Abruzzo. His father’s family had lived in the state of New York for many generations, and had Scottish, English, Dutch, German, and Swiss-German ancestry. Don has two children with his former wife Patricia Shnier McLean, of Canada.

Don has said:

I’m Scottish and I’m Italian and I feel both. I can tell in my personality what side of me is Scottish and what side of me is Italian. I’m very lyrical and there’s passion in me, organisation and a ­business-like aspect too. And it’s this Scottish side of me that wanted to sell all this stuff, because I wanted to get the best price I can for my family.

Don’s paternal grandfather was Donald McLean (the son of Malcolm McLean and Mary Permelia Jewett). Maclolm was the son of Col. George Washington McLean and Rebecca Jackson McCormick. Mary Permelia was the daughter of George Wood Jewett and Helen Cornell.

Don’s paternal grandmother was Olive Carnright (the daughter of John Field Carnright/Carnwright and Anna Murilla Wood). Olive was born in New York. John was the son of Abraham Carnwright and Sophia Myer. Anna was the daughter of Stevenson Wood and Cordelia Ousterhoudt.

Don’s maternal grandfather was Antonio Bucci (the son of Domenico Bucci and Santa D’Rosa). Antonio was Italian.

Don’s maternal grandmother was Mariangela Salvatore (the daughter of Antonio Salvatore and Angela D’Pavlo). Mariangela was Italian.

Sources: Genealogy of Don McLean (through Don’s sister) –

Genealogy of Don McLean (focusing on his father’s side) –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    his Italian ancestry is from Abruzzo.

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