Ewin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Ewin family. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name Eógann, which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius, which means well born. Ewin 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 Ewin family was established in Scotland, well before the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.
Euing appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and may have been derived from Eawa's son. A Eawa was brother of Penda, king of Mercia.  However, another source claims the name was a "descendant of Ewen (warrior)." 
And yet another source claims the name "goes back to the Greek eugenes (wellborn.)" 
Early Origins of the Ewin family
The surname Ewin 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.
Early History of the Ewin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ewin research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1178, 1546, 1555, 1598, 1621, 1636, 1664, 1717, 1611, 1687, 1633, 1681, 1678 and are included under the topic Early Ewin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ewin 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, Ewin has been spelled Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.
Early Notables of the Ewin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ewin family to Ireland
Some of the Ewin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ewin migration to the United States +
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Ewins to arrive on North American shores:
Ewin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Ewin, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 
Ewin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Ewin, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 
- Sarah Ewin, who landed in Virginia in 1705 
Ewin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- E Ewin, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 
Contemporary Notables of the name Ewin (post 1700) +
- William Ewin, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1879-82 
- W. G. Ewin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1876 
- J. O. Ewin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Alabama, 1896 
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The Ewin 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 Translation: Boldly
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- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html