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Where did the Scottish MacEwan family come from? What is the Scottish MacEwan family crest and coat of arms? When did the MacEwan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the MacEwan family history?

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the MacEwan family. Their name comes from the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.

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Many spelling variations of MacEwan have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacẸghainn (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were first found in the barony of Otter, on the shores of Loch Fyne. The eponymous ancestor of the Clan is reputed to be Eoghain na h-Oitrich, also known as 'Ewen of Otter', who lived at the beginning of the 12th century. Clear records of the Clan were found in 1219, when Gilpatrik Mac Ewen measured the borders of his lands in Kynblathmund.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEwan research. Another 258 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1174 and 1219 are included under the topic Early MacEwan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early MacEwan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacEwan family emigrate to North America:

MacEwan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John and Walter MacEwan settled in New Jersey in 1686

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  • Sir Alexander MacEwan, leader of the Scottish National Party knighted by King George V in 1932
  • Canon Sydney Alfred MacEwan (1908-1991), Scottish tenor and singer of traditional Scottish and Irish songs
  • Nairn Alexander MacEwan (b. 1941), Scottish international rugby player and coach
  • John Walter Grant MacEwan (1902-2000), Canadian professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from 1966 to 1974
  • Geraldine MacEwan (b. 1932), English award-winning actress with a diverse history in theatre, film and television


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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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I grow green

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacEwan
MacEoan, MacEoen, MacẸghainn, MacẸghainn, MacẸghainn, MacẸghainn, MacEoin, MacEoine, MacEoing, MacEoink, MacEoyn, MacEuan, MacEuen, MacEuin, MacEuine, MacEuing, MacEuink, MacEuyn, MacEven, MacEvene, MacEvine, MacEwan, MacEwen, MacEwin, MacEwine, MacEwing, MacEwyn, MacEwynn, MacEwynne, MacKeven, MacKevene, MacKevine, MacKewin, MacKewine, MacKewing, MacKewink, MacKewn, MacKewynn, MacKewynne, MacKuen, MacKuin, MacKune, MacQuwan, MacQuwand, MacQuwane, MacQuwant, MacQuwen, MacQuwend, MacQuwent, MacQuwind and more.

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The MacEwan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacEwan 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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