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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the MacEwan family. Their name comes from the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.

MacEwan Early Origins



The surname MacEwan was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were first found in the barony of Otter, on the shores of Loch Fyne. The eponymous ancestor of the Clan is reputed to be Eoghain na h-Oitrich, also known as 'Ewen of Otter', who lived at the beginning of the 12th century. Clear records of the Clan were found in 1219, when Gilpatrik Mac Ewen measured the borders of his lands in Kynblathmund.

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MacEwan Spelling Variations


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MacEwan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of MacEwan have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacẸghainn (Gaelic) and many more.

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MacEwan Early History


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MacEwan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacEwan research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1174 and 1219 are included under the topic Early MacEwan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacEwan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacEwan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacEwan family emigrate to North America:

MacEwan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John and Walter MacEwan, who settled in New Jersey in 1686

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacEwan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacEwan (post 1700)



  • Nairn Alexander MacEwan (b. 1941), Scottish international rugby player and coach
  • Canon Sydney Alfred MacEwan (1908-1991), Scottish tenor and singer of traditional Scottish and Irish songs
  • Sir Alexander MacEwan, leader of the Scottish National Party knighted by King George V in 1932
  • Paul MacEwan (1943-2017), Canadian politician, MLA for Cape Breton Nova (1970-2003), Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly (1993-1996)
  • Geraldine MacEwan (b. 1932), English award-winning actress with a diverse history in theatre, film and television
  • John Walter Grant MacEwan (1902-2000), Canadian professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from 1966 to 1974

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Motto


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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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I grow green


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MacEwan Clan Badge


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MacEwan Clan Badge




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MacEwan Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacEwan
MacEoan, MacEoen, MacẸghainn, MacẸghainn, MacẸghainn, MacẸghainn, MacEoin, MacEoine, MacEoing, MacEoink, MacEoyn, MacEuan, MacEuen, MacEuin, MacEuine, MacEuing, MacEuink, MacEuyn, MacEven, MacEvene, MacEvine, MacEwan, MacEwen, MacEwin, MacEwine, MacEwing, MacEwyn, MacEwynn, MacEwynne, MacKeven, MacKevene, MacKevine, MacKewin, MacKewine, MacKewing, MacKewink, MacKewn, MacKewynn, MacKewynne, MacKuen, MacKuin, MacKune, MacQuwan, MacQuwand, MacQuwane, MacQuwant, MacQuwen, MacQuwend, MacQuwent, MacQuwind and more.

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MacEwan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The MacEwan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacEwan 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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