The surname McCahen originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."
Early Origins of the McCahen family
The surname McCahen was first found in County Londonderry
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster
. At one time, the areas was named O'Cahan Country.
Early History of the McCahen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCahen research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, 1641, 1644 and 1819 are included under the topic Early McCahen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCahen Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McCahen revealed spelling variations
, including Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.
Early Notables of the McCahen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Ruaidri Dall Ó Catháin ( fl.
late 16th/early 17th century), an Irish harper and composer; and Echlin O'Kane, one of the most famous of all Irish Harpists. Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot was a body of soldiers, many of who had fought in Europe... Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCahen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCahen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McCahen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Bridget McCahen, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Velocity"
The McCahen 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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.