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

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McEwen is the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.


The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McEwen has appeared as MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacEňghainn (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.


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


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


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McEwen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McEwen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Donald McEwen, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Duncan McEwen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Robert McEwen, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Walter McEwen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

McEwen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza McEwen, aged 47, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
  • Elizabeth McEwen, who landed in New York in 1775
  • James McEwen, aged 19, landed in New York in 1775

McEwen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew McEwen, aged 28, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Thomas McEwen, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • William McEwen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878


  • Robert D. "Bob" McEwen (b. 1950), lobbyist and American politician of the Republican Party
  • Mark McEwen (b. 1954), American TV and radio personality
  • Tom McEwen (b. 1937), American drag racer
  • Craig Eugene McEwen (b. 1965), former American football tight end
  • Todd McEwen (b. 1953), American writer
  • Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948), Scottish composer
  • Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948), Scottish classical composer and educator
  • George McEwen (1849-1913), Scottish-born farmer, grain merchant and political figure in Ontario, Canada
  • Prime Minister John McEwen (1900-1980), Australian Prime Minister from 19 December 1967 to 10 January 1968
  • Robbie McEwen (b. 1972), Australian professional road bicycle racer



  • Descendants of Robert McEwen and Sarah Wilcoxson, Stratford, Connecticut by Ruth M. Coleman.

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