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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Ewen is the Gaelic personal name Eógann, which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius, which means well born. Ewen is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. The Ewen family was established in Scotland, well before the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

Ewen Early Origins



The surname Ewen was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Dovenaldus Ewain, documented in 1164.

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Ewen Spelling Variations


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Ewen Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Ewen has appeared as Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.

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Ewen Early History


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Ewen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ewen research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1178, 1611, 1687, 1633, 1681 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Ewen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ewen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ewen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ewen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ewen In Ireland


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Ewen In Ireland



Some of the Ewen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 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



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 Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Ewen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Ewen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Ewen, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Jane Ewen, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • John Ewen, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • Ann Ewen, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • Richard Ewen, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ewen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Ewen, who landed in America in 1782

Ewen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert N Ewen, who landed in Iowa in 1882

Ewen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Matty Ewen, aged 18, a spinster, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Ewen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Ewen, a shoemaker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Ewen, a cabinet-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Ewen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
  • Edward Ewen, aged 30, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ewen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ewen (post 1700)



  • William Ewen (1720-1776), American first president of the Council of Safety of Georgia during the American Revolution
  • Walter Ewen, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Derby, 1946
  • R. A. Ewen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908
  • Charles Ewen, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 15th District, 1937-40
  • Bill Ewen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1936
  • John Ewen (1741-1821), Scottish lyricist credited with writing well-known Scottish song, "0 weel may the boatie row"
  • Dickie Ewen (b. 1939), Scottish former professional football outside right
  • Todd Gordon Ewen (1966-2015), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1986 to 1977 principally as an enforcer
  • Mortimer Ewen (1816-1887), English cricketer from Lodsworth, Sussex, active 1826-1834
  • Frederic Ewen (1899-1988), Austrian-born, American English professor who was forced to resign his teaching position after refusing to cooperate with a Senate Internal Security Committee during the McCarthy era
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ewen Historic Events


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Ewen Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Ewen, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Motto


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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: Audaciter
Motto Translation: Boldly


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Ewen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ewen 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 12 November 2015 at 10:05.

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