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Where did the Scottish Ewing family come from? What is the Scottish Ewing family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ewing family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ewing family history?

The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Ewing family. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name Eógann, which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius, which means well born. Ewing 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 Ewing family was established in Scotland, well before the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.


The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Ewing has been recorded as Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ewing 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 Ewing History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ewing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ewing 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.


Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ewing, or a variant listed above:

Ewing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Ewing, who arrived in Long Island in 1718
  • Alex Ewing, who arrived in Bermuda in 1787

Ewing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Ewing, who landed in America in 1803
  • William Ewing, who arrived in America in 1809
  • Wm Ewing, aged 25, arrived in Virginia in 1812
  • Alexander D Ewing, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Christiana Ewing, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1822

Ewing Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James, Ewing Sr., who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Samuel Ewing, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "William" in 1834
  • Peter Ewing, who landed in Montreal in 1840

Ewing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Ewing arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Samuel Ewing arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
  • Andrew Ewing, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia
  • Anne Ewing, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • John Ewing, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"


  • Thomas Ewing (1789-1871), American statesman who represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate (1831-37)
  • Maurice Ewing (1906-1974), American geophysicist, who taught at Columbia University (1944-74)
  • William Buckingham "Buck" Ewing (1859-1906), American Hall of Fame baseball player and manager
  • William Maurice Ewing (b. 1906), American marine geologist
  • Mr. James Ewing (1890-1914), American Company Man from Chicago, Illinois, United States who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Sir James Alfred Ewing (1855-1935), Scottish engineer and physicist
  • Harry Ewing, Scottish politician, member of the UK Parliament, made Lord Ewing of Kirkford
  • Sir Alexander Ewing (1892-1980), Professor of Audiology and Education of the Deaf at University of Manchester
  • Sir Alistair Ewing (1909-1997), English Vice Admiral who organized Britain's WWI code-breaking operations
  • Julianna Horatio Ewing (1841-1885), English children's writer



  • Edley Ewing, the Texas Pioneer and His Descendants by Milam Myrl Ewing.
  • From Whence We Came: Ancestors and Descendants of Gustavas H. Ewing, With Kindred Branches of the Ewing Families by Vernon T. Ewing.

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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The Ewing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ewing 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 4 December 2014 at 15:52.

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