The Mac eacain family finds its ancestral home among the rugged mountains and sea-swept Hebrides
islands of Scotland's west coast. In that area, once known as the kingdom of Dalriada, Mac eacain evolved as a nickname
for a person who was skilled in the riding of horses or who owned many horses. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eachthighearna,
which translates as son of the horse-lord.
Early Origins of the Mac eacain family
The surname Mac eacain was first found in Kintyre
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Mac eacain family
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Mac eacain 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. Mac eacain has appeared as MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.
Early Notables of the Mac eacain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mac eacain family to Ireland
Some of the Mac eacain family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 138 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mac eacain family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mac eacain or a variant listed above: Archibald MacEachern and his wife Jean, who settled in New York State with the children in 1738; Donald MacEachern and his wife Anne settled with his child in New York State in 1738.
The Mac eacain 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.