McEachen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McEachen family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McEachen is derived from person who was skilled in the riding of horses or who owned many horses. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eachthighearna, which translates as son of the horse-lord.

Early Origins of the McEachen family

The surname McEachen was first found in Kintyre, 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 McEachen family

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McEachen Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McEachen include MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.

Early Notables of the McEachen family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McEachen family to Ireland

Some of the McEachen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia McEachen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McEachen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ronald McEachen, British Convict who was convicted in Demerara (Domarary), Guyana for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Angus McEachen, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [2]
  • Francis McEachen, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [2]
  • John McEachen, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [2]
  • Catherine McEachen, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [2]

New Zealand McEachen 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:

McEachen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Janet McEachen, aged 41, a dairymaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Christina McEachen, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Flora McEachen, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name McEachen (post 1700) +

  • Brian McEachen, American cameraman, known for Independence Day (1996)
  • James "Jim" McEachen, American director, cameraman, knonw for Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)
  • Rev. Roderic McEachen, American prelate in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio
  • Allan McEachen (1921-2017), Canadian documentary producer from Inverness, Nova Scotia
  • Emanuel McEachen (1816-1875), Canadian farmer and politician who represented 1st Kings in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in 1854, from 1866 to 1867, from 1870 to 1872 and from 1873 to 1875
  • Roy McEachen (1913-1937), Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne (1935-1936)


The McEachen 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.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml


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