MacEachren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name MacEachren was first used centuries ago in the region that was once the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. It was a name 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 MacEachren family

The surname MacEachren 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 MacEachren family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEachren research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1499 is included under the topic Early MacEachren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacEachren Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacEachren has been spelled MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.

Early Notables of the MacEachren family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the MacEachren family to Ireland

Some of the MacEachren family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 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 MacEachren family

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacEachren were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.


Contemporary Notables of the name MacEachren (post 1700) +

  • Frank MacEachren, Canadian Public Relations
  • Alan MacEachren, Professor in the geography department of Penn State University (1985-)


The MacEachren 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.


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