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MacSporran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides islands were the home of the first family to use the name MacSporran. It was originally given to a person who carried a sporran, which is the purse worn with the kilt in Highland Scottish dress. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac-an-sporain, which means son of the purse.

Early Origins of the MacSporran family


The surname MacSporran was first found in on the Isle of Iona, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the MacSporran family


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MacSporran Spelling Variations


Many spelling variations of MacSporran have been recorded over the years, including MacSporran, MacSparran and others.

Early Notables of the MacSporran family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacSporran family to the New World and Oceana


Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first MacSporrans to arrive on North American shores:

MacSporran Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Duncan Macsporran, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Coatbridge, Scotland, in 1907
  • Jessie Macsporran, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Coatbridge, Scotland, in 1907
  • Maisie Macsporran, aged 3, who landed in America from Coatbridge, Scotland, in 1907
  • John A. MacSporran, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1911
  • John Macsporran, aged 34, who emigrated to Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1912
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The MacSporran 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


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