Early Origins of the Stranahan family
The surname Stranahan was first found in Kincardineshire
(Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland
, and part of the Aberdeenshire
Council Area since 1996, where the family sometimes spelled their Strachen or Straughan.
The family derive their name from the valley of the Aan (Strath Aan). The earliest record of the Clan was in 1057 AD, when they accompanied King Malcolm Canmore northward in his attempt to overthrow the King MacBeth after his usurpation of the Scottish throne.
The Clan Strachan was one of the major Clans participating in the Battle of Lumphanen, 25 miles west of Aberdeen. MacBeth died in the Battle on the 15th day of August, 1057 AD. MacBeth's Cairn may still be seen there to this day. Later in 1165 AD, a Walderus de Strathecan had extensive territories in the lands of Strachan (pronounced Stawn, but many in North America have now reverted to the original pronunciation of Stracken).
Early History of the Stranahan family
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Stranahan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Strachan, Strawn, Strachen, Straughan, Straghan and many more.
Early Notables of the Stranahan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was David Strachan (died 1671), Church of Scotland
prelate, Bishop of Brechin (1662-1671).
Archibald Strachan (died 1652) was a Scottish soldier from Musselburgh, Edinburghshire
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Migration of the Stranahan family to Ireland
Some of the Stranahan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Stranahan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Stranahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Stranahan, who landed in America in 1801 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Stranahan (post 1700)
- Frank Richard Stranahan (1922-2013), American professional PGA golfer, winner of The Amateur Championship (1948, 1950)
- Farrand Stewart Stranahan (1842-1904), American Civil War veteran
- James Samuel Thomas Stranahan (1808-1898), United States Representative or New York
The Stranahan 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: Non timeo, sed caveo
Motto Translation: I fear not but am cautious