MacEachen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the MacEachen family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from person who was skilled in the riding of horses or who owned many horses. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eachthighearna, which translates as son of the horse-lord.

Early Origins of the MacEachen family

The surname MacEachen was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the MacEachen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEachen research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1499 is included under the topic Early MacEachen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacEachen Spelling Variations

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, MacEachen has been spelled MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.

Early Notables of the MacEachen family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacEachen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacEachen family to Ireland

Some of the MacEachen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the MacEachen family

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 MacEachen were among those contributors: Archibald MacEachern and his wife Jean, who settled in New York State with the children in 1738; Donald MacEachern and his wife Anne settled with his child in New York State in 1738.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacEachen (post 1700)

  • Allan Joseph MacEachen (1921-2017), Canadian politician and statesmen, who served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

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