Yes, it is very likely that your Loud ancestors were called MacLoud or MacLeod before they emigrated from Scotland, especially when you have an oral tradition in your family that talks about it. One of our Clan MacLeod members whose last name is Loud shared with us that his grandfather dropped the Mc, but his grandfather’s brother kept it. Hence, he has both McLoud cousins and Loud cousins! Mac means “son” in Gaelic, so MacLeod means “son of Leod”, the founder of our clan. No matter which spelling variation we use, we’re all children of Leod! Each Society has their own membership requirements according to their local traditions. The best way to start is to visit the appropriate society page to find out how to get in touch.