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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name MacGuan. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name Eógann, which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius, which means well born. MacGuan is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. The MacGuan family was established in Scotland, well before the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

Early Origins of the MacGuan family


The surname MacGuan 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 held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Dovenaldus Ewain, documented in 1164.

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Early History of the MacGuan family

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Early History of the MacGuan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGuan research.
Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1178, 1611, 1687, 1633, 1681 and 1678 are included under the topic Early MacGuan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacGuan Spelling Variations

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MacGuan Spelling Variations


In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. MacGuan has appeared as Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.

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Early Notables of the MacGuan family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the MacGuan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacGuan family to Ireland

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Migration of the MacGuan family to Ireland


Some of the MacGuan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacGuan family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the MacGuan family to the New World and Oceana


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacGuan were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Alexander, Henry, James, John, Mathew, Thomas, William Ewing all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865; John, Robert, and Elizabeth Ewins settled in Virginia in 1623.

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The MacGuan Motto

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The MacGuan 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: Audaciter
Motto Translation: Boldly


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