Cohoon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The forbears of the name Cohoon are thought to be of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name indicates that the first 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 Cohoon family

The surname Cohoon 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 Cohoon family

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Cohoon Spelling Variations

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Cohoon 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 Cohoon family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Cohoon family to Ireland

Some of the Cohoon 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 Cohoon migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Cohoon were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Cohoon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Cohoon, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cohoon (post 1700) +

  • Joanne Louise McGrath Cohoon (1954-2016), American sociologist noted for her research on gender imbalance in computing
  • Hannah Cohoon (1781-1864), American painter from Williamstown, Massachusetts, best known for her ink and watercolor painting The Tree of Life
  • Dennis M. Cohoon (b. 1953), American politician, Iowa State Representative from the 88th District (1987-)
  • Willis Cohoon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940 (alternate), 1944 [2]
  • W. L. Cohoon, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 1st District, 1915-16 [2]
  • Leila Cohoon (b. 1932), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2004 [2]
  • Hunter C. Cohoon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944 (alternate), 1948 [2]
  • B. Ray Cohoon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1948 [2]

The Cohoon 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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