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

In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Bohannon, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. 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.

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The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Bohannon has been spelled Buchanan, Bucanan, Bucanion, Bucanen, Bucanon, Buchannan, Buchannon, Buchannen, Buchanon, Buchanen, Bohannon and many more.

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

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bohannon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bohannon 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.

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This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Bohannon:

Bohannon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Margt. Bohannon, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Bohannon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Kate S. Bohannon, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1906
  • John Bohannon, aged 25, who landed in America from Kildysart, Ireland, in 1907
  • Joseph Bohannon, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Kerry, Ireland, in 1909
  • Allan C. Bohannon, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Mr. Allan G. Bohannon, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1912


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  • Hamilton Bohannon (b. 1942), American percussionist, band leader and record producer
  • Etdrick Bohannon (b. 1973), American professional basketball player
  • Fred Bohannon (b. 1958), former professional American football player
  • Jason Bohannon (b. 1987), American college basketball player
  • Jim Bohannon (b. 1944), American radio show host


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

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The Bohannon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bohannon 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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