The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
spawned the name Kewin. It is derived from the personal name Ewen.
The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.
Early Origins of the Kewin family
The surname Kewin 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 were first found in the barony of Otter, on the shores of Loch Fyne. The eponymous ancestor of the Clan
is reputed to be Eoghain na h-Oitrich, also known as 'Ewen of Otter', who lived at the beginning of the 12th century. Clear records of the Clan
were found in 1219, when Gilpatrik Mac Ewen measured the borders of his lands in Kynblathmund.
Early History of the Kewin family
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Kewin Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Kewin has appeared as MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacEòghainn (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Kewin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kewin family to the New World and Oceana
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 Kewin were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
Kewin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Edward Kewin, aged 21, who settled in America from the Isle of Man, in 1911
- Thomas Kewin, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Andreas, Isle of Man, in 1914
- Wilfred Kewin, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1917
- Edwin Kewin, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from the Isle of Man, in 1920
- John Kewin, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kewin (post 1700)
- James E. Kewin, American politician, Mayor of Melvindale, Michigan, 1933-40 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Kewin 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: I grow green