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The Ewens family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Ewens is derived from the Gaelic personal name Eógann, which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius, which means well born. Ewens 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 Ewens family was established in Scotland, well before the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

Ewens Early Origins



The surname Ewens 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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Ewens Spelling Variations


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Ewens Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Ewens has been spelled Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.

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Ewens Early History


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Ewens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ewens 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 Ewens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ewens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ewens Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ewens In Ireland


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Ewens In Ireland



Some of the Ewens 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ewens were among those contributors:

Ewens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne, Clement, and John Ewens settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Ewens, who arrived in Maryland in 1650
  • Barbara Ewens, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Walter Ewens, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Philip Ewens, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ewens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Ewens, who arrived in Georgia in 1734

Ewens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Ewens, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Robert B Ewens, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1834

Ewens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Reynolds Ewens a policeman, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Sarah Ewens arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Walford Ewens a policeman, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • William Robert Ewens arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ewens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ewens (post 1700)



  • Todd Gordon Ewens (b. 1966), retired Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Paterson Ewens (1925-2002), important Canadian painter
  • Jade Almarie Louise Ewens (b. 1988), English singer, songwriter
  • Warren Ewens FRS, FAA, Australian-born professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania

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Ewens Historic Events


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Ewens Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert Underdown Ewens (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Fullarton, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 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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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

Other References

  1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

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