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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McEwen is the personal name Ewen. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Eoghainn.
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McEwen has appeared as 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEwen research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1174 and 1219 are included under the topic Early McEwen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McEwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McEwen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
McEwen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Donald McEwen, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
- Duncan McEwen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
- Robert McEwen, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
- Walter McEwen, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
McEwen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eliza McEwen, aged 47, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
- Elizabeth McEwen, who landed in New York in 1775
- James McEwen, aged 19, landed in New York in 1775
McEwen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Matthew McEwen, aged 28, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1820
- Thomas McEwen, who arrived in New York in 1831
- William McEwen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
McEwen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. David McEwen U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
McEwen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John McEwen, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
- Hugh McEwen, who arrived in Canada in 1817
- John McEwen, who arrived in Canada in 1817
McEwen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Margaret McEwen, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
- Margaret McEwen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
- John McEwen, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
- Michael McEwen, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
- Thomas McEwen, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
McEwen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Isaac McEwen landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- James McEwen landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
- David McEwen, aged 45, a flax dresser, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- David McEwen, aged 21, a flax dresser, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- Mary McEwen, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- Todd McEwen (b. 1953), American writer
- Craig Eugene McEwen (b. 1965), former American football tight end
- Tom McEwen (b. 1937), American drag racer
- Mark McEwen (b. 1954), American TV and radio personality
- Robert D. "Bob" McEwen (b. 1950), lobbyist and American politician of the Republican Party
- Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948), Scottish classical composer and educator
- George McEwen (1849-1913), Scottish-born farmer, grain merchant and political figure in Ontario, Canada
- Dawn McEwen (b. 1980), born Dawn Askin, a Canadian curler from Ottawa, Ontario, member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team
- Heather McEwen (b. 1984), Canadian actress
- Terence A. McEwen (1929-1998), Canadian opera manager
- Descendants of Robert McEwen and Sarah Wilcoxson, Stratford, Connecticut by Ruth M. Coleman.
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 Translation: I grow green
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- Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
- Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
The McEwen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McEwen 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.
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