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

The ancient Scottish name McCoon was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the Scottish-English border region. The McCoon family lived in Ayrshire.

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The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years McCoon has been spelled Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCoon research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCoon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the McCoon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

McCoon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John McCoon, aged 23, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Moses McCoon, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1812

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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: Sic itur in altum
Motto Translation: This is the way to heaven.

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