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Where did the Scottish MacEachern family come from? What is the Scottish MacEachern family crest and coat of arms? When did the MacEachern family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the MacEachern family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


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


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.


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


  • Jared MacEachern, American musician, best known as a singer and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Sanctity
  • Diane MacEachern, American author, public speaker, entrepreneur, and conservationist
  • 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
  • Shane MacEachern (b. 1967), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey center who played for the St. Louis Blues in the 1987-1988 season
  • David "Eli" MacEachern (b. 1967), Canadian Olympic gold and silver medalist bobsledder at the 1996 and 1998 Winter Olympics
  • William M. MacEachern (b. 1930), Canadian jurist and politician who represented Inverness County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1974-1981)
  • 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
  • James "Buddy" MacEachern, Canadian fisherman and politician who represented Cape Breton Centre in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1974-1981)
  • Stephen Neil "Steve" MacEachern (1894-1974), Canadian politician, Mayor of Saskatoon (1941-1943)


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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The MacEachern Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacEachern Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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