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Where did the Scottish Cahune family come from? What is the Scottish Cahune family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cahune family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cahune family history?Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Cahune evolved. It was a name for someone who lived in the former Aberdeenshire, derived from the Gaelic còil or cùil, which means "nook" or "corner." Colquhoun is properly pronounced "Ko-hoon."
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Cahune has been written as Colquhoun, Colhoun, Colhoon, Cahoun, Cohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Culquhoun, Cahune, Cohune, Cowquhone, Colquhone, Culquhown, Cahoone, Calhoun, Kalhoun, Kulhoun, Kolhoun, Calhoon, Calloon, Culloone, Collune and many more.
First found in Angus where they held a seat at Luss and possessed vast manors and elegant estates. Although not formally recognized before the 11th century (the Clan system was not developed until the reign of King Malcolm Ceanmore and his second wife, Margaret) this Clan has a unified history that may well precede that time. It is believed that they occupied this area well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. According to Clan tradition, the Calhoun Clan is descended from an early Celtic priest named St. Kessog who lived in Glen Luss, the Monks' Isle in Loch Lomond.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cahune research. Another 509 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1241, 1602, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Cahune History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cahune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cahune family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cahune, or a variant listed above: Mary Cahoone who settled in New York in 1803; John Colquhoon settled in Boston Mass in 1651; Archibald Colquhoon and his wife Anne settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1775.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Si je puis
Motto Translation: If I can
The Cahune Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cahune Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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