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The name McCartan has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Artain, which means son of Art.

McCartan Early Origins



The surname McCartan was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McCartan Spelling Variations


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McCartan Spelling Variations



Many different spelling variations of the surname McCartan were found in the archives researched. These included Scribes and church officials generally spelled a name as it sounded; as a result, a person's name could be spelt innumerable ways in his lifetime. MacCartan, MacCarten, MacCartain, Carton and others.

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McCartan Early History


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McCartan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCartan research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1350 and 1735 are included under the topic Early McCartan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCartan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCartan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCartan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name McCartan:

McCartan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McCartan, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1867

McCartan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur McCartan, aged 50, who settled in America from Down, in 1906
  • John McCartan, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Down, Ireland, in 1907
  • James McCartan, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Castlewellan, Ireland, in 1908
  • Edward McCartan, aged 30, who landed in America from Kilkeel, Ireland, in 1909
  • Charles McCartan, aged 20, who landed in America from Castlewellon, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCartan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCartan (post 1700)



  • Edward McCartan (1879-1947), American sculptor, best known for his decorative bronzes
  • John William "Jack" McCartan (b. 1935), American goaltender for the gold-medal-winning 1960 United States hockey team
  • Seamus "Shay" McCartan (b. 1994), Northern Irish footballer
  • Patrick McCartan (1878-1963), Irish republican and politician
  • James McCartan, retired Irish Gaelic footballer and current manager

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Motto


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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: Buailim se
Motto Translation: I Strike him.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    11. ...

    The McCartan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCartan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 June 2016 at 12:39.

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