Show ContentsMcCrane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McCrane is a Dalriadan-Scottish name, no doubt originally for a person who lived on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. The name is derived from Gaelic Mac Crain. [1]

Early Origins of the McCrane family

The surname McCrane was first found in the islands of Jura and Islay, 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.

Early History of the McCrane family

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McCrane Spelling Variations

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. McCrane has appeared in various documents spelled MacCraney, Craney, Crainey, MacCrain, McCranie, MacCranny, MacCranne, MacCranney, MacCrayne and many more.

Early Notables of the McCrane family

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Ireland Migration of the McCrane family to Ireland

Some of the McCrane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States McCrane migration to the United States +

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McCrane family emigrate to North America:

McCrane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Michael McCrane, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1919
  • Thomas McCrane, aged 24, who immigrated to America from Ballintra, Ireland, in 1920
  • William McCrane, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Albert M. McCrane, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Hugh McCrane, aged 20, who settled in America from Greenore, Ireland, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McCrane (post 1700) +

  • Paul David McCrane (b. 1961), Grammy Award nominated American movie, television and theatre actor

The McCrane 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: Amor proximi
Motto Translation: The love of our neighbor.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) on Facebook