Cahoone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rugged west coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancestral home of the Cahoone family. Their name indicates that the original bearer lived in the former Aberdeenshire, derived from the Gaelic còil or cùil, which means "nook" or "corner." Colquhoun is properly pronounced "Ko-hoon."

Early Origins of the Cahoone family

The surname Cahoone was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire where they held a seat at Luss and possessed vast manors and elegant estates. Although not formally recognized before the 11th century (the Clan system was not developed until the reign of King Malcolm Ceanmore and his second wife, Margaret) this Clan has a unified history that may well precede that time. It is believed that they occupied this area well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. According to Clan tradition, the Calhoun Clan is descended from an early Celtic priest named St. Kessog who lived in Glen Luss, the Monks' Isle in Loch Lomond.

Early History of the Cahoone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cahoone research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1241, 1602, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Cahoone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cahoone Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Cahoone has been spelled Colquhoun, Colhoun, Colhoon, Cahoun, Cohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Culquhoun, Cahune, Cohune, Cowquhone, Colquhone, Culquhown, Cahoone, Calhoun, Kalhoun, Kulhoun, Kolhoun, Calhoon, Calloon, Culloone, Collune and many more.

Early Notables of the Cahoone family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Cahoone family to Ireland

Some of the Cahoone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cahoone migration to the United States +

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cahoone arrived in North America very early:

Cahoone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Cahoone, who arrived in Virginia in 1728 [1]
  • Samuel] Cahoone, who landed in Virginia in 1728 [1]
Cahoone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Cahoone who settled in New York in 1803
  • Mary Cahoone, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • S Cahoone, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1895
Cahoone Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eliza Cahoone, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Cahoone (post 1700) +

  • Sera Cahoone (b. 1975), American singer-songwriter


The Cahoone 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: Si je puis
Motto Translation: If I can


  1. ^ 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)


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