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

The ancestors of the McEwin family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.

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Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McEwin has been spelled 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.


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

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

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Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McEwin were among those contributors:

McEwin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • David McEwin, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • James McEwin, who landed in Arkansas in 1856

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  • Sir Lyell McEwin, member of the South Australian Legislative Council, eponym of Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • Ron McEwin (1928-2007), Australian rules footballer


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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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  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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The McEwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McEwin 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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