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The ancestors of the MacEwen family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.

MacEwen Early Origins



The surname MacEwen 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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MacEwen Spelling Variations


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MacEwen Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name MacEwen include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacEňghainn (Gaelic) and many more.

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MacEwen Early History


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MacEwen Early History



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

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MacEwen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacEwen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacEwen 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



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacEwen or a variant listed above:

MacEwen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John MacEwen, who landed in New London, Conn in 1811
  • James, John, Peter, Thomas, and Walter MacEwen all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacEwen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacEwen (post 1700)



  • Drew MacEwen (b. 1973), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 2004
  • Sir William MacEwen (1848-1924), Scottish surgeon, pioneer in brain surgery
  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir Norman Duckworth Kerr MacEwen (1881-1953), senior commander in the Royal Air Force
  • Sir John MacEwen, Australian Farmer
  • Jock MacEwen, New Zealand Biologist
  • Ewen MacEwen, Engineer
  • Gwendolyn Margaret MacEwen (1941-1987), Canadian novelist and poet

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. 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.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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    The MacEwen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacEwen 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 11:56.

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