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MacCoan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The first people to use the name MacCoan were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in the Scottish-English border region. The MacCoan family lived in Ayrshire.

Early Origins of the MacCoan family


The surname MacCoan was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, 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.

Early History of the MacCoan family


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MacCoan Spelling Variations


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. MacCoan has appeared as Cowan, Cowans, Cowen, Cowens, MacCowan, MacCowden and many more.

Early Notables of the MacCoan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacCoan family to Ireland


Some of the MacCoan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacCoan family to the New World and Oceana


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Barbara Cowan who settled in New Jersey in 1685; along with Marjorie; Andrew Cowan settled in South Carolina in 1772; Alexander Cowan settled in New York City in 1774.

The MacCoan 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: Sic itur in altum
Motto Translation: This is the way to heaven.


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