McCance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McCance is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from the personal name Naos, which is a dialectal form of Aonghus or Angus. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neis, which is derived from the earlier form Mac Naois; both of these mean son of Angus. Thus, the name McCance is a cognate of MacAngus and MacInnes.

Early Origins of the McCance family

The surname McCance was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McCance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCance research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1522 is included under the topic Early McCance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCance Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McCance has been spelled MacNeish, MacNeice, MacNish, MacNess, MacKness, MacNeece and many more.

Early Notables of the McCance family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McCance family to Ireland

Some of the McCance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McCance migration to the United States +

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McCance arrived in North America very early:

McCance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John McCance, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • Samuel McCance, who landed in South Carolina in 1772 [1]
McCance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McCance, aged 55, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803 [1]
  • Willoughby McCance, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]
McCance Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert McCance, aged 38, who arrived in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1902
  • John McCance, aged 30, who arrived in America from New Cumnock, Scotland, in 1907
  • James McCance, aged 21, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • James McCance, aged 24, who arrived in America from Down, Ireland, in 1907
  • Lily McCance, aged 3, who arrived in America from Bangor, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McCance migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McCance Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Lizzie Mccance, (b. 1845), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "John Temperley" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1866 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCance (post 1700) +

  • Grace Bell McCance (1882-1982), birth name of Grace Bell McCance Snyder, an American quilter, former pioneer and centenarian
  • Sean E. McCance, American orthopedic surgeon, Co-Director of Spine Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City
  • William McCance (1894-1970), Scottish artist, a collection of his paintings is held in the National Galleries of Scotland
  • Robert Alexander McCance FRS (1898-1993), British academic, Professor of Experimental Medicine at the University of Cambridge, eponym of the McCance Glacier, Antarctica
  • Chester "Ches" McCance (1911-1956), Canadian football wide receiver and placekicker who played fro0m 1937 to 1950, inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976


The McCance 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: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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