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Where did the Irish MacHan family come from? What is the Irish MacHan family crest and coat of arms? When did the MacHan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the MacHan family history?Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, MacHan appeared as Mac Cana, which is derived from the word cana, which means wolf cub.
The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name MacHan revealed spelling variations, including MacCann, MacCanna, MacCan, MacAnn, MacAn and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacHan research. Another 384 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1172, 1598, and 1600 are included under the topic Early MacHan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacHan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the MacHan name:
MacHan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
MacHan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Crescit sub pondere virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue thrives under oppression.
The MacHan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacHan 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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