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The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacEachern is 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.

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The surname MacEachern 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.

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacEachern has appeared in various documents spelled MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEachern research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1499 is included under the topic Early MacEachern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early MacEachern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the MacEachern 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.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

MacEachern Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • 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
  • Patrick and his wife Mary MacEachern settled in New York in 1738
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  • Diane MacEachern, American author, public speaker, entrepreneur, and conservationist
  • Jared MacEachern, American musician, best known as a singer and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Sanctity
  • Angus Bernard MacEachern (1759-1835), Scottish Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church, the 1st Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Charlottetown on August 11, 1829
  • Stephen Neil "Steve" MacEachern (1894-1974), Canadian politician, Mayor of Saskatoon (1941-1943)
  • James "Buddy" MacEachern, Canadian fisherman and politician who represented Cape Breton Centre in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1974-1981)
  • William M. MacEachern (b. 1930), Canadian jurist and politician who represented Inverness County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1974-1981)
  • Shane MacEachern (b. 1967), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey center who played for the St. Louis Blues in the 1987-1988 season
  • John Duncan MacEachern (b. 1946), Canadian former educator and politician who represented Cape Breton East in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1988 to 1998
  • David "Eli" MacEachern (b. 1967), Canadian Olympic gold and silver medalist bobsledder at the 1996 and 1998 Winter Olympics
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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.

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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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