The surname McKaman originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Cathain" or "Mac Cathain."
Early Origins of the McKaman family
The surname McKaman was first found in County Londonderry
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster
. At one time, the areas was named O'Cahan Country.
Early History of the McKaman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKaman research.Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1196, 1617, 1641, 1644 and 1819 are included under the topic Early McKaman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McKaman Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McKaman revealed many variations, including Keane, Kane, Kayne, Keaney, Keny, Keyne, O'Kane, O'Keane, O'Cahan, Cahan, Kean, O'Cain, McCloskey, McCluskey, McClaskey and many more.
Early Notables of the McKaman family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Ruaidri Dall Ó Catháin ( fl.
late 16th/early 17th century), an Irish harper and composer; and Echlin O'Kane, one of the most famous of all Irish Harpists. Manus O'Cahan's Regiment of Foot was a body of soldiers, many of who had fought in Europe... Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKaman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McKaman family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McKaman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael McKaman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
The McKaman 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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.