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A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Bohannan. They lived in the great lands of Buchanan in Stirlingshire where this illustrious Clan held extensive territories since early times. Although many of today's members of the Clan Buchanan can trace their heritage as far back as McAlpin, the first to establish the name of Buchan was Anselan O'Kyan, son of the King of Ulster about 1016.

It is generally believed that the Buchanans of Auchmar received lands bordering Loch Lomond by King Malcolm II for services rendered against the Danes. And records do confirm that Walter de Buchanan had a land grant in Auchmarr in 1373. A Maurice Buchanan also acted as treasurer to Princess Margaret of France at this time.

Bohannan Early Origins



The surname Bohannan was first found in Lennox. In Gaelic, "both-chanain" means "the seat of the canon," suggesting an ecclesiastical origin. The Clan received its name from the great lands of Buchanan in Stirlingshire where they had held extensive territories since early times. The earliest mention of the name placed him in Stirling (now part of the modern region of Central) where in an early document, a Dominus Absolone de Buchkan was a witness to a charter in 1224.

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Bohannan Spelling Variations


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Bohannan Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Bohannan has been spelled Buchanan, Bucanan, Bucanion, Bucanen, Bucanon, Buchannan, Buchannon, Buchannen, Buchanon, Buchanen, Bohannon and many more.

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Bohannan Early History


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Bohannan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bohannan research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1016, 1296, 1506, 1506, 1582, 1681 and are included under the topic Early Bohannan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bohannan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bohannan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bohannan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bohannan In Ireland


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Bohannan In Ireland



Some of the Bohannan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bohannan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Bohannan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bohannan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bohannan (post 1700)



  • Wilson Bohannan, American founder of the Wilson Bohannan Company in 1860
  • Laura Bohannan (1922-2002), née Laura Marie Altman Smith, an American cultural anthropologist who used the pen name Elenore Smith Bowen, best known for her 1961 article, "Shakespeare in the Bush"
  • Charles G. Bohannan, American politician, 19th and 21st Mayor of South Norwalk, Connecticut
  • Thomas K. Bohannan (b. 1955), American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer
  • Paul James Bohannan (1920-2007), American anthropologist and Rhodes Scholar
  • William J. H. Bohannan, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, 1897
  • Charles G. Bohannan, American politician, Mayor of South Norwalk, Connecticut, 1897-98, 1899-1901

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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: Clarior hinc honos
Motto Translation: Brighter hence the honour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Bohannan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bohannan 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 August 2016 at 00:09.

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