MacEwan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the MacEwan family
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.
Early History of the MacEwan family
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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, MacEòghainn (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the MacEwan family (pre 1700)
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MacEwan migration to the United States +
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
MacEwan migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
MacEwan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- G. Macewan, British settler travelling from London via Cobh aboard the ship "Sir George Pollock" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th September 1859 
Contemporary Notables of the name MacEwan (post 1700) +
- Nairn Alexander MacEwan (1941-2018), 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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The MacEwan 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 Translation: I grow green