The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McGeehon is 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 McGeehon family
The surname McGeehon 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 McGeehon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGeehon research.Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1499 is included under the topic Early McGeehon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McGeehon Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name McGeehon include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacEachern, MacEachen, MacEachan, MacEachin, MacEachren and many more.
Early Notables of the McGeehon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGeehon family to Ireland
Some of the McGeehon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 138 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGeehon family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McGeehon, or a variant listed above: Archibald MacEachern and his wife Jean, who settled in New York State with the children in 1738; Donald MacEachern and his wife Anne settled with his child in New York State in 1738.
The McGeehon 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.