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The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name McEuen comes from the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.

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Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McEuen has been spelled MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacEňghainn (Gaelic) and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were first found in the barony of Otter, on the shores of Loch Fyne. The eponymous ancestor of the Clan is reputed to be Eoghain na h-Oitrich, also known as 'Ewen of Otter', who lived at the beginning of the 12th century. Clear records of the Clan were found in 1219, when Gilpatrik Mac Ewen measured the borders of his lands in Kynblathmund.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEuen research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1174 and 1219 are included under the topic Early McEuen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McEuen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 McEuen family emigrate to North America:

McEuen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Duncan McEuen, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Mary McEuen, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Merran McEuen, who landed in New York in 1739
  • John McEuen, who landed in New York in 1739
  • Malcolm McEuen, who landed in New York in 1739


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  • Paul McEuen (b. 1963), American physicist, Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics at Cornell University
  • John McEuen (b. 1945), American folk musician and entertainer, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


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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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I grow green

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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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  10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
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The McEuen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McEuen 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 18 April 2016 at 14:29.

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