The sea-swept Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the MacEacheran family. Their name comes from 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 MacEacheran family
The surname MacEacheran 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 MacEacheran family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEacheran research.Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1499 is included under the topic Early MacEacheran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacEacheran Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. MacEacheran has been written as MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.
Early Notables of the MacEacheran family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacEacheran family to Ireland
Some of the MacEacheran 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 MacEacheran family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name MacEacheran 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 MacEacheran 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.