The name Cartain has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Artain, which means son of Art.
Early Origins of the Cartain family
The surname Cartain was first found in County Down
(Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster
, in Northern Ireland
, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cartain family
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Cartain Spelling Variations
In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Cartain family history revealed numerous spelling variations
of the name, including MacCartan, MacCarten, MacCartain, Carton and others.
Early Notables of the Cartain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cartain family to the New World and Oceana
North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland
during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Cartain: Barney, Thomas, Terrence MacCartan who arrived in Philadelphia between 1808 and 1840; Charles MacCarton settled in New York in 1811; Thomas Carton who landed in America in 1751.
The Cartain 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: Buailim se
Motto Translation: I Strike him.