McEwan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McEwan family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McEwan is derived from the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.

Early Origins of the McEwan family

The surname McEwan was 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.

Early History of the McEwan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEwan research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1174 and 1219 are included under the topic Early McEwan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McEwan Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McEwan has been written as MacEwen, MacEwan, MacEwing, MacEuen, MacKewin, MacKewan, MacEòghainn (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the McEwan family (pre 1700)

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United States McEwan migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McEwan or a variant listed above include:

McEwan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Duncan McEwan, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]
McEwan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth McEwan, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Janet McEwan, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Christian McEwan, aged 60, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Charles McEwan, who landed in New York in 1807 [1]
  • John McEwan, who landed in New York in 1807 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McEwan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McEwan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John McEwan, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • William McEwan, who landed in Canada in 1821
  • J McEwan, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia McEwan migration to Australia +

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

McEwan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William McEwan, British Convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]
  • Robert McEwan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839 [3]
  • Mary McEwan, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • George McEwan, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon" [5]
  • Barbara McEwan, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

New Zealand McEwan 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:

McEwan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. McEwan, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1853
  • Donald McEwan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • J. McEwan, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 18th November 1863 [6]
  • Joseph McEwan, aged 30, a quarrier, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Mary A. McEwan, aged 27, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McEwan (post 1700) +

  • Thomas McEwan Jr. (1854-1926), American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1894; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 7th District, 1895-99
  • John S. McEwan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 30th District, 1930; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932
  • John F. McEwan, American politician, Mayor of River Rouge, Michigan, 1967-72, 1975-77; Defeated, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003
  • James Briggs McEwan (1855-1915), American Republican politician,Member of New York State Senate 29th District, 1901-06; Postmaster at Albany, New York, 1908-09; Mayor of Albany, New York, 1910-13
  • Alexander McEwan (b. 1856), American politician, Mayor of Bay City, Michigan, 1897-1901
  • Angela McEwan (1934-2015), American actress, best known for her roles in Nebraska, and Getting On
  • James McEwan (b. 1952), American slalom canoer
  • John James "Cap" McEwan (1893-1970), American football player and coach
  • David McEwan (b. 1982), Scottish footballer
  • William Johnston McGowan "Billy" McEwan (b. 1951), former Scottish football player and now manager
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. James McEwan, British Junior 4th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [7]
  • Mr. John McEwan, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [7]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Mark McEwan (b. 1916), Scottish Assistant Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Edward F Mcewan, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]

The McEwan 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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I grow green

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLENSWILLY 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MACEDON 1853. Retrieved
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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