On the Scottish west coast, the McGuan family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name Eógann,
which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius,
which means well born.
McGuan is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. The McGuan family was established in Scotland
, well before the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the McGuan family
The surname McGuan was 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 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. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Dovenaldus Ewain, documented in 1164.
Early History of the McGuan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGuan research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1178, 1611, 1687, 1633, 1681 and 1678 are included under the topic Early McGuan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGuan Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. McGuan has appeared as Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.
Early Notables of the McGuan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGuan family to Ireland
Some of the McGuan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 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 McGuan family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McGuan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alexander, Henry, James, John, Mathew, Thomas, William Ewing all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865; John, Robert, and Elizabeth Ewins settled in Virginia in 1623.
The McGuan Motto
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 Translation: Boldly