The western coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the MacGuone family. Their name is derived from the Gaelic personal name Eógann,
which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius,
which means well born.
MacGuone 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 MacGuone family was established in Scotland
, well before the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the MacGuone family
The surname MacGuone 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.
Early History of the MacGuone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGuone 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 MacGuone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacGuone Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacGuone has appeared in various documents spelled Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.
Early Notables of the MacGuone family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacGuone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacGuone family to Ireland
Some of the MacGuone family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 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 MacGuone family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacGuone or a variant listed above include: 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.
The MacGuone 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: Boldly